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Napa Valley with Class

I'm often asked by people going to Napa, "What are the best wineries in Napa to visit?" Larkmead is always at the top of my list. It's not because of some grand architectural achievement in their tasting room or some hillside scenic view, it's because Larkmead is producing some of the best quality wines in Napa Valley, and the prices remain fair. Their Merlot-dominant Firebelle is a perfect example of this. It has all the textural richness and fruit of Napa while still showing hints of the earth from which it came, a true sense of place.

I found a Roast Leg of Lamb with Herbs to be an excellent pairing. The herbal, gamey flavors of the lamb are perfectly contrasted by the Firebelle's elegant fruit and earth. What's more, this pairing isn't a competition. Instead it's a team effort, as both the Firebelle and the lamb balance each other out and create a wonderful experience on the palate.

2008 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle - The nose showed black currant, cherry liquor, spice, brown sugar and a hint of fresh-turned soil. On the palate, it was velvety smooth and luxuriant with blackberry jam, cherry wood and spice. The finish was exceptionally long with blackberry and currant fruit, yet fresh and begging for another sip.

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Herbs
 

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  • Nice choice on the NY meritage. Dr. Frank in the Finger Lakes also does a nice one.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Thanks for the suggestion, I plan to make it out to the Finger Lakes this August.

    Apr 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM


  • If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Apr 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM


  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd imagine.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:11 AM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 6:47 AM


  • The Meritage on Long Island is also a very good wine. 2008 Paumanok vinyards in Jamesport produced an excellent vintage.

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM


  • Snooth User: messygonzo
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    If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Aug 02, 2013 at 5:49 AM


  • Snooth User: coltspam
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    fentastic

    Aug 02, 2013 at 11:50 PM


  • Snooth User: Mydietarea
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    Thats fantastic...

    Aug 03, 2013 at 1:51 AM


  • Thanks for the suggestion.

    Aug 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM


  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
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    nice


    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:23 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 06, 2013 at 1:02 PM


  • Snooth User: irategoal
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    Tremendous

    Sep 07, 2013 at 5:06 AM


  • good one

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:00 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:46 AM


  • Snooth User: knotbirds
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Oct 09, 2013 at 3:26 AM


  • Thats exceptional

    Oct 09, 2013 at 5:21 AM


  • Snooth User: burlypear
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    Thats superb

    Oct 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM


  • Snooth User: languidbox
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    If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Oct 23, 2013 at 5:24 AM


  • Snooth User: wildunique
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    That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd imagine.

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM


  • Snooth User: poleerst
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Nov 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM


  • Snooth User: purrflimsy
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    As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

    Nov 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM


  • The Meritage on Long Island is also a very good wine. 2008 Paumanok vinyards in Jamesport produced an excellent vintage.

    Dec 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM


  • As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

    Dec 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM


  • That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd

    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
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    Incredible.

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:55 AM


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