Historically a multi-variety blend this wine has accentuated the soft plush texture and flavor of Merlot but highlighted the overall structure of Bordeaux varieties. Merlot at Larkmead planted on rich loam soils full of clay and gravel produces Merlot that tastes like Merlot but acts like Cabernet. LArkmenad's goal is to allow this wine to express its density weight and power while maintaining its attractive aroma and flavor profiles."
"A blend of 72% Merlot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot the 2014 Firebelle finished at 14.9% alcohol. It is a beautifully rich chocolaty wine with notes of savory spices black cherries and mulberries some fudge and coffee bean. It has medium to full body outstanding purity concentration and length. It was aged in 66% new French oak for 19 months prior to bottling. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."
The 2014 Firebelle Larkmead's Merlot-based wine is terrific. Succulent black cherry lavender mint and dark spices infuse this pliant creamy wine. Expressive savory and mineral-infused notes punctuate the finish. The tannins need time to soften but there is plenty to like and look forward to. (Drink between 2017-2029)v