This used to be a go to wine, but its been a few years, so it was a pleasure to be able to revisit this Bordeaux Blend. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries and spice. With air some plums come out. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Lots of juicy black currants, with black raspberries. Firm tannins. Nice balance. This has not yet been released and of course, will need a few years to really show what it has. I believe the release price will be around $80 which is fair for the quality from Napa. It will go we
Looking for an outstanding Napa Cabernet for $50? This one fits just fine. This is drinking just great right now but will easily last a decade. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec,1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, a bit of pencil lead, coffee and a slight dusty note. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Great balance. Plenty of cassis fruit over a dry earthy note. Good finish. This will go well with a variety of heavier dishes from BBQ to roasts.
Despite what you may think, Sideways didn't kill the California Merlot market as much as it made Pinot Noir stylish. There are still some fine Merlots being made. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a nice chocolate covered cherry quality to it. Some spice as well. On the palate, this takes about thirty minutes of air to open and then drinks very well. It is more expressive (right now) on the palate with milk chocolate covered cherries and a nice vanilla streak. Not candied as much as liqueur notes. Good balance. Nice finish. This drinks very well on its own and would b
This is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (44%), Chardonnay (41%), Malvasia (10%), and Pinot Gris(5%). The name comes from a proprietary clone of Sauvignon Blanc that Flora Springs utilizes in the Crossroads vineyard. It is an interesting white that really needs some air when opening. Silvery/green in color with pale yellow/gold. On opening the oak is dominant and that did not work well. Of course, this is just being released and that will cure itself. In any event, patience is rewarded. After about an hour of breathing the tropical fruit came out. A slight bit of grassiness, in a good wa
So this is apparently produced for the Flora Springs wine club. They make 330 cases of it. It has a really fun label and I guess the idea is to serve it for Halloween parties. Seems like a pretty specific target audience, but I salute them for having fun with it. They actually have a whole series of Halloween wines. The wine itself is outstanding and I am not sure if it gets some short shrift due to the fun label. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and spice. On the palate, black cherry fruit. Slight tannins. Some depth. Drinking well now. I suppose the obvious food
Always a sound value in Napa Cabernet's. I am not sure of the exact blend this vintage, but usually, this is mostly Cab with some Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Purple in color, ruby swirls. The nose has cassis, sandalwood, slight mint and slight chocolate. On the palate, this is soft and accessible. Cassis and slight chocolate. Some depth and complexity but that should develop over the next five to seven years. Light to medium tannins. Nice finish. Some depth and complexity but that should develop over the next five to seven years.
This is always one of the great wines out of Napa. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. Inky purple in color. The nose is very nice with cassis and coffee. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Black cherries, cassis and some char. It is delicious. This was consumed over three nights and was best on night three though excellent on all three. This still needs a few more years until peak and then should be good for another ten to twelve at least. The score certainly has a point or two more of upside. There is a depth and complexity to it that really
Flora Springs make a variety of wines. This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville in Napa. It is silvery/green/gold in color. The nose is very nice with lemon-lime, sweetgrass and minerals. It has a very nice, slightly oily texture. Just a hint of residual sugar offset by tart limes.There is a slight chalky quality as well. Overall, this is very clean and refreshing. It has a long finish with some warmth. It would actually work well with grilled asparagus, always a tough food pairing, and lots ot lighter foods or on its own. Drink this over the next year.
Soliloquy is the name for Flora Springs’ proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone. The bottle is labelled as white wine but it is a blend of predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, with Chardonnay, and Malvasia. It is the top of the line white from this winery. It is silvery/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is pretty with floral notes and some cara cara oranges. On the palate, this has a lovely creamy texture. Very lush. Flavors of bitters, limes and slight cream soda. Dry. A hint of almond on the finish. This is a very polished white wine and needs another year or so but should be good
Another in a fine line of Napa Merlot's from Flora Springs. Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet allowing the vineyard manager to let fruit hang if needed to get ripe. No issues here despite a less than stellar growing season. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, milk chocolate and spice. A nice silky texture. Lots of black cherry fruit. Light tannins. This is still young but drinks quite easy. It will mature a bit, but is drinking great now. It should drink well over the next seven to ten years. Great on its own or a nice match for burgers or ribs.