Red

2011 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • prism wrote: 92 points

    July 30, 2019 - Say what you like in general about the challenging 2011 vintage in Napa, and you'd probably be right, but this has put on sufficient weight and achieved enough complexity to classify as a beautiful structured and very satisfying red Bordeaux blend. I think this could even go a coupla-three more years, but there is no compelling reason to wait.

  • Ben&Sarah Likes this wine:

    July 13, 2019 - Last bottle - and oddly enough far better than I remember the others being. Still not my favorite year for Firebelle but great with food. Drink now

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • tc from santee Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 8, 2019 - I enjoyed this Firebelle vintage more than the 10 or 12. 2011 was a cold Napa year and the wines needed 6+ years to evolve into their potential. This was a fine Bordeaux blend. I think it has peaked but I don’t think it’s headed down yet. Good structure and notes plum, berries, herbs and leather.

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  • Nyccablover wrote:

    May 12, 2019 - Interesting blend on this (42% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet franc). Despite the high % of Merlot - it really doesn't come through with the typical Merlot mouthfeel and smoothness. It is actually quite spicy (cracked black pepper) and juicy with red fruits and then also some green bell pepper notes. For me this could have used a bit more acid to give it some more freshness.

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  • Cellar Baron wrote: 94 points

    May 11, 2019 - Sure wish this wan't my last bottle. Thankful my wife only wanted one glass!

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

    (Larkmead Firebelle Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013) (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Larkmead Vineyards
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Firebelle
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 897861000207, 897861000238

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 936 (55%)
  • Consumed 780 (45%)

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