On March 16 we bottled a wine which we have dubbed "Kate’s Label" because the design harkens back to the mid-1980's when Cam and Kate Solari Baker bottled some red wine for "in-house consumption only". The slick, handsome update to Kate’s original design truly represents the wine which we feel is classic in its form. Andy has described the wine as reminiscent of the 1997 and 2000 Larkmead in its youth because of its ease in drinking coupled with its nuanced fruit, floral and herbal notes that are signature Larkmead.
The composition of the wine has Larkmead stamped all over it. Not only is the wine composed of all five red grape varieties from the Estate, but also is one of the most complex wines that we have ever blended - it includes 14 of the 23 red grape clones we have on the property and was a barrel selection of over 80% of the fermentations we produced in the 2010 harvest. The wine, a blend of 54% Cabernet, 31% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, is truly the epitome of Larkmead Vineyards from the 2010 vintage.
The 2010 "Kate’s Label" was lightly oaked in its aging (30% new French oak barrels) and was bottled un-fined and unfiltered. It is expected to see an early release this summer in our tasting room and will offer a preview of what is to come from the 2010 vintage red wines. We’ll be making the final blends of the Firebelle and Cabernet in short time and will be bottling these wines in July. We'll send an update from the cellar when those wines are in bottle. Prior to that we owe you a peek under the covers of the 2011 vintage red wines as we are now beginning to evaluate the wines as they have finished maloactic fermentation and are resting nicely in barrel.