Larkmead 2016 'Firebelle' Merlot, Napa Valley, CA

Larkmead 2016 'Firebelle' Merlot, Napa Valley, CA


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Larkmead 2016 'Firebelle' Merlot, Napa Valley, CA

The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam and Kate Solari Baker. 

Larkmead’s legendary vineyard features a remarkable diversity of soils that are more typical of a hillside than the valley floor. Winemaker Dan Petroski captures the nuance and complexity of this site by vinifying small lots according to clonal selection and soil type.

  • ​​Winemaker: Dan Petroski
  • Farming: Sustainable with Organic Practices
  • Grape Varieties: Merlot 67%, Cabernet Sauvignon 27%, Petit Verdot 6%
  • Terroir: Centuries of alluvial flow have resulted in the accumulation of ancient riverbed gravel, clay, and loam. Pleasanton Loam (clay based) is primary.
  • Vinification/Oak Usage: Aged 18 Months in 66% New Tonnellerie Bossuet
  • Scores: JS-96, RP-94, JD-94
    • Vinous 94 pooints - The 2016 Firebelle is dense, pliant and super-expressive, with terrific depth and textural resonance. Today, the Firebelle shows more floral and savory notes than it did earlier in the year. Even so, the 2016 is vibrant, focused and full of character. The firm tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty to look forward to. (Antonio Galloni)

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