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Larkmead 2013 Firebelle Proprietary Red, Napa Valley


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97 Points Parker                                                
Rare new release of Larkmead's flagship Firebelle red.

97 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Proprietary Red Firebelle, a blend of 76% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, offers up mocha, chocolate, espresso roast, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit notes as well as terrific density and thickness. It should prove to be the finest Firebelle made to date. It should drink well when released as well as over the following 15+ years...

..As I have written before, this is an extraordinary estate spread out in one contiguous parcel (unusual) in the center of the Napa Valley floor, north of St. Helena and south of Calistoga. Proprietor Cam Baker farms 110 acres, and the Cabernet Sauvignon is the Olmo Clone which became well-known as the Eisele Clone when it was planted in the famous vineyard of that name. A singular characteristic of the Larkmead vineyard is that it has a strong vein of old river gravel. Former winemaker Andy Smith has moved on and has been replaced by Dan Petroski, who has not missed a beat finishing the 2012s and producing the 2013s, which Cam Baker believes might be the vintage of the century for Larkmead."

Larkmead 2013 Firebelle Proprietary Red, Napa Valley

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