2000 Napa Valley Firebelle
710 cases produced
100% Estate Grown fruit at Larkmead Vineyard
56% old vine Merlot
44% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged in 40% new French and American oak barrels for 16 months
"Dense, opaque ruby colored; a complex, earthy and nuanced nose of black cherry, smoke and spice, broadens to plum and black raspberry, with notes of dried herbs and minerals. The palate is juicy and vibrant on the entry with flavors of sweet mulberry and plum then darkens to show layers of vineyard-driven complexity with flavors of licorice and anise offset by subtle cedar notes. The mid-palate is broad yet structured and bold, earthy tannins kick in to extend and lengthen the finish. The wine will continue to develop typical Larkmead Bordeaux-esque complexity over the next 5 years."
— Andy Smith, Winemaker