Four 93s – and More – for Trilogy

July 18, 2018

Trilogy Wine Awards Accolades Reviews

 

Since the founding of Flora Springs Winery in 1978, it’s been our family’s goal is to over-deliver on every aspect of our business, particularly when it comes to the quality and consistency of our wines.

It means the world to us when our customers recognize these efforts by celebrating life’s big moments, and simple daily joys, with our wines.

With every delighted Wine Club Member and every customer compliment, we know we are still on the right path.

It’s also rewarding when the wine writers, reviewers, and bloggers notice our wines. And they sure are noticing the 2015 vintage of Trilogy – with four fabulous 93 point awards from top publications. While we’ll always believe that everyone should decide on their own whether they like a wine or not, great scores, awards, and reviews are always appreciated – thank you.


93 points, The Wine Advocate
“A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy offers up aromas of cassis, blackberries and black cherries with hints of vanilla, chocolate and baking spices. Full-bodied, concentrated, expressive and open for business, it’s spicy and velvety in the mouth with a long finish.”
—Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, October 2017


93 points, James Suckling
“Hot stones, oyster shell, ripe stems, pressed violets and nutmeg. Full-bodied with round, ripe tannins that are structured and dense, fine acidity and a fruit-forward finish. A blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2020.”
—James Sucking, December 2017


93 points, Blue Lifestyle
“Lush and rich with smooth texture and lush plum and berry fruit; dense and rich, deep and showing promise for aging.”
—Anthony Dias Blue, January 2018


93 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine, April 2018


91 points & Best of Class, California State Fair, April 2018


90 points, Wine Enthusiast, April 2018


90 points, San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge, April 2018


90 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“On the basis of its ripe and fairly juicy, oak-sweetened aromas, it is easy enough to anticipate that this one will be rounded, ready-to-drink wine, but, if its initially up-front flavors are in fact fruity and very inviting in a way that distantly recalls good Merlot, it is all Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of its youthful tannins and obvious tactile grip. It is not ominously astringent, but it is firmly built and will take some time to make good on the promise of polish at which it now hints, and, while it warrants no less than three or four years of patience, we see it evolving favorably for seven to ten.” April 2018


90 points, International Wine Report
“The 2015 Trilogy is an immense, ultra-modern Napa Valley red, composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petite Verdot which spent 18 months in 85% French oak and 15% American oak. It opens to profound aromatics of blackberry cobbler, crème de cassis, mocha, sweet spices, vanilla, sweet toasted oak and a touch of dusty notes all taking shape. Full-bodied, layered and intense on the palate, with profound depth and concentration. Ripe dark fruits and mocha flavors continue to resonate from its core, as it leads up to the long, mouth coating finish. Overall, this is a massive red, which should have at least a decade of evolution ahead…” Read more.
—J. D’Angelo, June 2018


Suggestions for rack restocking
The Tennessean
“Trilogy Red Wine, 2015, from Flora Springs was one of Napa’s first Bordeaux-style red blends—now it’s a classic. Trilogy is like purple in the glass (even the winemaker calls it decadent).”
—Steve Prati, May 30, 2018


25 Wines to Drink Now or Lay Down for the Future
The Daily Meal
“You always want to have a few bottles of wine on hand that you can drink whenever the occasion arises, whether for tonight’s dinner, when friends drop by, or for an impromptu party. On the other hand, it’s also nice to have a few bottles put away to drink in future years on special occasions…

A rich and delicious blend of mainly cabernet sauvignon with a little malbec and petit verdot, offering velvety flavors of blackberry and mulberry and a light oak accent.” Read more.
—Roger Morris, March 21, 2018


Samples that Inspire a Rallying Cry Moment
DallasWineChick.com
“This was an unctuous wine that was packed with fruit – blackberry, cassis, black cherry, plum, chocolate, mocha, cedar and vanilla. It was nuanced and had depth. I kept discovering new flavors as we sipped. It was absolutely delicious.” Read more. March 18, 2018


Use of oak affects fruit character of cabernet sauvignon
Capital Gazette
“Flora Springs was a pioneer in making a Bordeaux blend — its first was in 1984. It’s no surprise, then, that experience and good fruit sources makes them a leader in hedonistic blends. Extracted dark fruit flavors with hints of pepper, chocolate and vanilla. Round tannins suggest good things to come.” Read more.
—Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, February 21, 2018


There is 3x decadence in ‘Trilogy’
JuliatheWineExaminer.com
“Flora Springs has created a red Bordeaux blend that celebrates the incredible fusion of three varietals that define elegance. Your time swirling and sipping this incredible selection is long past due. This is bliss in a bottle…Open this seductive wine about 20 minutes before serving to allow aromas of Bing cherries, sweet cassis and blackberry to start the show. Then swirl and sip dark licorice, cola and cardamom flavors that explode on the palate and exit in a long, luxurious finish. Pour this “big” wine with “big” foods such as prime rib, bold burgers and meat laden pastas. Winemakers say this enticing, robust red wine can be enjoyed through the next decade; but why wait?” Read more. January 18, 2018


91+ points, Millennial Drinkers
“Deep and dark purplish ruby red. Layered nose with notes of vanilla bean, anise, cinnamon, cassis, blackberries and more baking spices. A little dark cocoa with some air. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full body potential. A little spicy on the palate with lots of red and black fruits. Notes of cinnamon and sweet spices too. Long and lingering finish. Still just a baby that will improve with a few months, even years in the bottle. Drink Dates: 2018 till 2030.” Read more. January 25, 2018


Rated: A, Drinkhacker
“This year’s Trilogy is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot. For 2015, Trilogy cuts a soulful, silky, and seductive profile, bursting at the seams with fruit both fresh and dried — plump currants, fresh plums, and dense blackberry notes. The fruit is so powerful the wine comes across as slightly sweet at times, and it cuts easily through any sense of tannin that might otherwise cling to the palate. As the finish evolves, bramble notes emerge alongside some gentle leather and tobacco, with an herbal, clove-heavy note percolating on the finish. Lots going on here, but at the same time, the wine is so easy to drink that it is, at times, hard to put down.” Read more. January 31, 2018


2015 Trilogy Review
Wine Weirdos, featuring Allison Levine of Please the Palate and the Napa Valley Register:


Learn more about the 2015 Trilogy.

2014 Trilogy: What the Wine Press is Saying

August 9, 2017

As Flora Springs President & Proprietor John Komes says, “hard work and a stellar team are the keys to the longtime success of Flora Springs.” Nothing makes us happier than when our customers recognize these efforts by celebrating big life moments, and simple daily joys, with our wines.

While scores and reviews from wine writers and reviewers are always appreciated as well, we believe everyone should decide on their own whether they like a wine or not.

Still, it’s nice when our wines are noticed. Below are a couple of our favorite examples regarding the 2014 Trilogy, you find the complete list here.

Flora Springs Named a Best Winery to Visit by Food & Wine Magazine

February 23, 2017

We are honored to be named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s top wineries to visit in Napa Valley.

Out of over 400 wineries in Napa Valley, the magazine chose just 54 – including Flora Springs – as the “Best to Visit.”

Flora Springs The Estate

About Flora Springs, they write, “If you’ve driven up Highway 29 into St. Helena you’ve surely seen the Las Vegas-worthy, wavy façade (a cutaway soil profile?) of Flora Spring’s multi-venue tasting room, which is a lovely, drop-in tasting room inside (with some premium tastings requiring reservations.) But it’s also worth bushwhacking a bit off the main drag to the actual winery, a once-abandoned 19th-century stone structure that is also home to the family proprietors. You’ll need an appointment to access its slate of tours and experiences.”

Read more.

 

The Room Earns TripAdvisor Award of Excellence

July 13, 2016

Flora Springs - The Room Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 Winner

We are pleased to announce that Flora Springs – The Room has received the coveted TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

Read our reviews, or tell us about your visit and write a review!

Wine of the Week: Halloween Wines

October 27, 2015

Flora Springs 2015 Halloween Wines

Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Bugue, can also be found here.

It was a dark, dark night, there was a knife…and they were thirsty. So they cut the foil off the top of one of these special Halloween wine bottles, pulled the cork and had a deliciously fun Hallow’s Eve.

These Flora Spring wines are the perfect tale for Halloween night. The winery’s ghoulish fetish has historic roots: Flora Springs is one of the original Napa Valley ghost wineries, built in the mid to late 1900s and later abandoned for decades.

These limited production wines sell out fast, but you can keep them in mind for the next dark, dark night

Ghost Winery 2013 Malbec ($55) – a deep, dark, full-bodied wine.

All Hallow’s Eve 2013 Cabernet Franc ($50) – a mix of dark cherry and red plum fruits with warm baking spices.

You’ll want to see the label of the latter wine, in particular: florasprings.com/store.

Don’t be afraid to open these

October 15, 2015

Flora Springs 2015 Halloween Wine Ghost Winery Examiner Article

Note: The following article, written by examiner.com Northern California wine writer Julia Hollister, can also be found here.

Just in time for menacing tales and spirits, Flora Springs brings forth two wines to coincide with Halloween.

The Napa Valley winery has the distinction of being home to one of the regions original “ghost wineries.” These were built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to three “curses”: the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression and Prohibition.

Some remain shuttered but Flora Springs was restored and produces wickedly delicious selections.

Its 2013 small production Ghost Winery malbec [more information here] ($55) exudes chocolate, ripe plum and blueberry notes followed by thrilling spice, cedar and white pepper flavors. This is a muscular wine not meant for the faint of heart; but for those who dare to sip in the dark. Serve this with sauced ribs or roasted bat wings.

Behind the label – the haunting figure of the specter of doom holding an “Omega” (the end) flask – is the limited production “All Hallow’s Eve” 2013 cabernet franc [more information here] ($50). But, don’t be afraid. Aromas of clove and sage gently tempt the senses as haunting flavors of cinnamon, dark cherry and strawberries seduce the palate. Pour this spirited selection with boned chicken with red reduction or eye of newt.

So, light the candles and let mysterious forces bring ghostly magic into your glass.

Read the full article here.

What the Critics Are Saying About 2012 Trilogy

August 7, 2015

We are big believers in making up your own mind about whether you like a wine or not. Scores and reviews from wine critics and reviewers tend to tell just part of the story.

Still, it’s nice when our wines get noticed by the critics, which has been happening a lot lately with our 2012 Trilogy, a wine which is still available for purchase. Below are a couple of our favorite examples, find the complete list here.

2012 Trilogy Wine Spector 91 Points June 2015 issue

Flora Springs Trilogy 2012 Robert Parker 90 Point Rating

Flora Springs Trilogy 2012 Wine Enthusiast 93 Point Rating

Flora Springs Named One of Best Tasting Rooms

July 29, 2015

Visit Napa Valley, a leading Napa Valley travel website, recently released their list of top tasting rooms in the Napa Valley – and we are pleased to announce that The Room was included.

Flora Springs The Room Named One of the Best Tasting Rooms 2015

“The valley is vast with wineries that are spread out over the 30-mile length of the valley, so deciding which wineries to visit and how to get there can be a bit of a challenge…These are some of our favorite.”

Flora Springs – The Room “is a friendly, relaxed tasting room with limited production, winery-only wine available for sampling. The space features a picnic area and rooftop lounge.” Read more.

Plan your visit to The Room.

In the News: Halloween at Flora Springs

October 9, 2014

Halloween Flora Springs The Room 2014 San Jose Mercury News Article

Note: The following article, excerpted below, was published in the San Jose Mercury News on October 6, 2014 and can be found here.

8 great Halloween winery adventures

Vines gnarled like a witch’s back. Cobblestoned barrel rooms splattered with red stains. Labs brimming with beakers and gurgling mystery brews.

Face it — wineries were made for Halloween. This month, vintners from Sonoma to the Santa Cruz Mountains are unlatching their cellar doors to host costume parties, pagan balls, horror movie screenings, pumpkin patches and even a carnival for kids.


Flora Springs’ The Room Halloween Harvest Picnic & Movie Night

The bash: October’s movie night will feature attendees’ favorite scary movie — check the winery’s Facebook pagefor the final vote — screened in the rooftop lounge, plus a classic candy and popcorn bar. Want to make a night out of it? Begin with live music in the vineyard courtyard along with a picnic (bring your own or order via the winery two days in advance).


See our Events page for more information on the Movie Night Series (runs August – October every year) and all our events. For more information on visiting The Room, click here.

Check out our Halloween Pinterest board for spooktacular entertaining and decorating ideas.

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