They’re Baaaack…New Halloween Wines

September 20, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve, 2014 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2014 Harvest Witch

Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

It’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghost of spirits past with three new limited-production Halloween wines.

2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc
With custom label artwork we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack” created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders, this 100% Cabernet Franc comes from the Rutherford side of Komes Ranch. Only 300 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 All Hallow's Eve Cabernet Franc
2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc with label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

2014 Ghost Winery Malbec
A tribute to the winery’s illustrious history, this 100% Rutherford Malbec offers spine-tingling flavors of black cherry, currant and ripe plum and hints of mocha, tobacco and vanilla. Only 460 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

20014 Ghost Winery Malbec
2014 Ghost Winery Malbec

 

2014 Harvest Witch
Our popular Wes Freed label series returns with this wicked bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed 2013 vintage. Only 250 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon with label art by Wes Freed

 

New this year! We’re expanding the wine label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Shop now.

Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween start October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide to ensure these wickedly good wines will reach all your ghouls & goblins in time.

Presenting a New Flora Springs Online Experience

September 15, 2016

Flora Springs New Website Announcement

Year-round, we work diligently to bring you the best wines from our estate vineyards.

Now, we are excited to bring you a new and improved Flora Springs online experience. With newly-discovered historical photos, rich content, and enhanced features such as an interactive historical timeline – we are excited to tell our story, including Flora’s story, like never before.

Please explore – we hope you enjoy all that we’ve created. We hope to hear your thoughts, please share with us on Facebook or info@florasprings.com.

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2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc – Featuring Unique Halloween Custom Label Art from John Manders

September 14, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve - Square Jack
2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc with custom label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

The custom artwork on this year’s All Hallow’s Eve, which we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack,” was created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders. Third generation family member and General Manager Nat Komes discovered John’s art while reading to his kids at the St. Helena library. Inspiration comes from many places!

This year, we’re expanding the All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Now you can show your Halloween spirit with clothing, accessories—even a “Stacked Jack” skateboard deck! Shop now.

Stacked Jack Skateboard Deck
“Stacked Jack” Skateboard featuring John Manders’ custom art complementing our “Square Jack” 2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc

 

About John Manders
I was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where I studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. My non-art interests include restoring my old house and trying to speak Italian.

My work is featured in over 60 children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines. I am a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and its first president. I organized the successful Bow Wow Meow art auction that benefited the Animal Rescue League and the PSI scholarship fund. In 2003 I curated Illustration: The Process, an educational exhibit of fourteen illustrators and their working methods. My latest curating effort, Once Upon A Page, an exhibition of Western Pennsylvanian children’s book illustrators, toured the United States in 2006.

My work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and I was honored in the 25-year retrospective of Cricket magazine covers that was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. That year I was also a participant at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. In May, 2006 I was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. In May, 2013 I won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society for my work on Jack and the Giant Barbecue.

I live in Franklin, Pennsylvania with my dog.

Learn more about John Manders.

Kenny’s Uncanny 100+ Year Connection to Flora Springs

September 9, 2016

“Sometimes history has a funny way of knocking on your door. Last summer I received an email from a gentleman in the Midwest doing ancestry research on a family known as the Brockhoffs. This fellow happened to know that the house now occupied by John and Carrie Komes on the Flora Springs Estate property was, in the 1880s, known as the Brockhoff Winery. When Jerry and Flora Komes purchased the property, the house was all but abandoned, but John converted it to his family’s residence.

Because of this historical connection, this fellow was looking at the Flora Springs website and happened to see my information on the team page. He also happened to know that the Brockhoff daughter (Minnie Brockhoff) married a Justin Werle, and he had a hunch: could I be related to Justin Werle, and therefore the Brockhoff family? The answer is yes: Justin Werle was my first relative from Germany to arrive in Napa Valley in 1889!

I’d known about Justin Werle. I grew up in St. Helena right by the St. Helena cemetery, and I’d often seen the graves for Justin and Minnie. I always thought the name Minnie was so funny. My parents knew we were related to them, but weren’t sure exactly how. Of course as a kid the thing that fascinated me most was that right next to the Werle’s grave was a headstone with the name “Frankenstein.” My friends and I got a kick out of that, and often went over to the cemetery to see if Frankenstein’s hand might come out of the ground. We spent a lot of time there, especially in the dog days of summer, when the constantly rotating sprinklers provided welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Plus, there were lots of places on the old, paved roads where the large, raised tree roots made for cool bike jumps.

Anyway, I was blown away to know that I actually have a distant connection to the original Flora Springs property. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been here for over thirteen years – could it be a past life connection that drew me here? Something to contemplate during the Halloween season!”

—Flora Springs Wine Club Director Kenny Werle, September 2016

Justin Werle Historical PassportJustin Werle Historical Passport

Werle Family Grave at St. Helena Cemetary

Harvest 2016 Update #3

September 1, 2016

“We started our first day of harvest on Aug 16, 2016 with our Pinot Grigio, then segued into our Sauvignon Blanc on Aug 19, and completed our last Sauvignon Blanc harvest on Aug 26. We will now have roughly a 2-week window between our next picks, particularly with the cooler weather we are experiencing.

We have a new planting of Chardonnay at our Lavender Hill vineyard that is about 2 weeks away. Also, we have Merlot at the Komes Ranch at the Flora Springs Estate that is approximately 2 weeks away as well.

The Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are fermenting at the moment. In the first photo, you will see a Sauvignon Blanc fermentation taking place in a temperature controlled stainless steel tank – These grapes were picked at 23.4 brix, and is currently at 5 brix. As the yeast consumes the sugars, you get approximately .6% alc per brix, so the current alcohol is about 10.4%, and once the yeast has consumed all the sugars, the final alcohol will be roughly 13.9%. We ferment at 55 degrees F, and the process takes roughly 3 weeks or so. We raise the temperature towards the end of fermentation as to prevent yeast stress and ensure the fermentation will reach completion.

In the second photo you will see some 60 gallon oak barrels, as well as some 135 gallon oak puncheons that are being used to ferment Sauvignon Blanc as well. You will notice a series of stainless tubing connected by glycol hoses. We have this manifold system connected to a thermostat where we are able to control the temperature of the fermentation just like in the tank. The plastic bag you see on top, just seal the bung holes, will allow CO2 from the fermentation to escape.”

—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Sauvignon Blanc Fermentation

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Barrels

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