In the News: 2017 Trilogy Reviews

July 20, 2020

Working as a family and team, we have pledged to over-deliver on wine quality for more than 40 years. Now this dedication has been taken up by third generation family members Nat Komes and Sean Garvey. There is nothing more gratifying to us than hearing from our customers about how much they enjoy our wines. It makes everything we do worthwhile.

While our customers’ feedback is most important to us, we also appreciate it when our wines get noticed by wine critics, reviewers, and bloggers.

2017 Trilogy Accolades

Accolades for 2017 Trilogy

93 points
Blue Lifestyle
“Deep garnet color; soft vanilla nose; silky smooth with soft plum, toast and vanilla new oak; elegant, lush and showing spice and notes of mocha and chocolate, long and balanced.” January 2020


93 points
James Suckling
“A soft and fruity red with currants, chocolate and hints of toasted oak. Medium to full body. Round tannins and a flavorful finish. Nicely done for the vintage. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 17% petit verdot and 3% malbec. Drink or hold.” February 2020


91 points
Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2017 Red Blend Trilogy checks in as a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. It’s a pretty, elegant wine from this estate and has lots of beautiful black and blue fruits, roasted herbs, chocolate, and gravelly earth-like aromas and flavors. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied blend that has terrific balance, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish.” February 2020


Wine time: Flora Springs Trilogy 2017, Napa Valley
The Augusta Chronicle
“…a blockbuster wine, bold and powerful but drinkable upon release. And with a little bit of age it gets even better. The Flora Springs Trilogy 2017 – just released this week – is 80 percent cab, 17 percent petit verdot and three percent malbec. The grapes come from three prestigious regions in Napa: Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena.

It is a gorgeous deep garnet in the glass with aromas of plum and herbs. Among the complex flavors on the palate I could pick out black plum, black cherry with hints of cola and mocha.

The wine doesn’t overpower, though. With sleek tannins and crisp acidity the wine stays fresh and perfect for matching to food….The wine is so great now, it’s hard to imagine what it will be like if it continues to improve in the bottle. The winery says it should be at its peak between now and 2028.
Besides Trilogy, the winery produces several tiers of outstanding wines. The Napa Valley series includes a cab, a merlot, a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc. They also produce several single vineyard cabs, and a number of artisanal wines that include a barrel fermented chardonnay.” Read more.
—Dennis Sodomka, February 2020


96 points
Creators Syndicate
“Trilogy was one of the first Bordeaux-style proprietary blends from the Napa Valley when it was introduced 30-some years ago, and it was one of the best of the genre at the time. I am happy to report nothing has changed. One of Napa’s iconic Bordeaux blends, Trilogy 2017, is another masterpiece. Beautifully balanced, with layers of dark fruits, a note of graphite and a beautiful touch of oak vanillin, this is a wine to lay down in the cellar for another 10 to 12 years, though it is remarkably pure, smooth and satisfying at this early stage.”—Robert Whitley, March 2020


Score: 8.5 – 9
VINOGRAPHY®: a wine blog
“Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of dusty roads and cedar. In the mouth, black cherry, cola and blueberry notes mix with a touch of black olive savoriness. Faint, taut tannins buff the edges of the palate, as the wine lingers with notes of olive and licorice. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec.” March 2020


93 points
Good Vitis
“…Flora Springs was founded in 1978, but its Napa Valley property was first planted with vineyards in the late 1800s so the terroir is for real (it has been replanted since). I’ve had several vintages of the Trilogy and they all deliver. Tasting note:The potent nose offers scorched earth and graphite-infused blackberry, black plum, violet, kirsch and dark chocolate ganache. It is full bodied, balancing lush, smooth and broad tannin with juicy acidity. The balance is really on-point. Flavors include blackberry, coconut, (real) maraschino sauce, black pepper, teriyaki sauce and cigar tobacco. It has a strong core of wet earth minerality. This is nice now with an hour decant, but I imagine it’ll start hitting its stride in five years and drink nicely for the following five to ten.” May 2020


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South Florida Reporter/MoreAboutWine.com
“Cabernet sauvignon, petite verdot and malbec got into this very smooth, approachable wine from Napa Valley. Cherry and cassis with some cherry and spice.” Read more. June 2020


Best Samples for 2020
DallasWineChick.com
“2017 Flora Springs Trilogy wine — Flora Spring’s flagship wine is made from estate vineyards and dates back to 1984 when it was one of Napa’s first proprietary red blends. The 2017 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. It’s big, bold and satisfying with notes of black fruit, mocha, cassis, chocolate, spice and vanilla.” Read more.
—Melanie Ofenloch, June 2020


Learn more about the 2017 Trilogy.

Presenting Dust & Glory

July 8, 2020

We are so pleased to introduce our first new Single Vineyard Cabernet in over two decades. John and Nat have been working on this project for years, tasting wines from all over the appellation to find just the right flavor and tannin profile. As they explored and experimented, they finally identified a wine from one of the highest elevation sites in the AVA that met their criteria, a beautifully expressive mountain Cabernet, distinct from our other Single Vineyards but no less prized. Why Dust & Glory?

2017 Howell Mountain Dust & Glory Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley Sommelier Christina Stanley on Flora Springs Trilogy Red Wine

June 22, 2020

Noted Napa sommelier Christina Stanley explains why she loves and recommends our flagship red wine, Trilogy.

Trilogy dates back to 1984 when our family decided to make the finest wine possible by selecting the highest quality wine lots culled from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. Back then it was one of Napa Valley’s first proprietary red blends, and today this Bordeaux-style wine continues to be sourced from our own Komes-Garvey estate vineyards.

Learn more about Trilogy.

Presenting the 2019 Soliloquy: A Singular Wine

June 15, 2020

By General Manager Nat Komes

Soliloquy is named for Flora Springs’ proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone, a singular clone entirely unique to us.

It nearly went extinct when the vines became diseased a couple decades ago, but through various heroic measures we were able to preserve the clone in our Crossroads Vineyard. Recently I decided to re-create Soliloquy, relying on my early memory of the wine to produce what I think could be the finest white wine we’ve ever made.

It was a long process, three years of countless blending trials, but today I’m proud to say that the 2019 Soliloquy has earned its place as Flora Springs’ flagship white wine, a fitting companion to our flagship red, Trilogy. I could not be more excited to introduce this singular white wine. Watch our newest video and learn more about its fascinating history.

Learn more about this wine.

2020 Wine Club Shipment Schedule

January 3, 2020

Greetings Wine Club Members!

We have a lot of exciting things planned for you in 2020, including new exclusive events, new wines, and more. We so pleased you will be joining us for another great year.

Please remember that this schedule is subject to change, but we will always keep you updated.

Great Tastes
Shipment Wine Billing Date
January 2017 Napa Valley Merlot, 2017 Poggio Del Papa 1/6/2020
March 2019 Pinot Grigio, 2017 Trilogy 3/2/2020
May 2017 Petit Verdot, 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet 5/4/2020
July 2019 Soliloquy, 2016 Three Keys Cabernet 7/6/2020
September 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2018 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/7/2020
November 2017 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 different designs 11/2/2020
Great Tastes Red Wines Only
Shipment Wine Billing Date
January 2017 Napa Valley Merlot, 2017 Poggio Del Papa 1/6/2020
March 2016 Trilogy – 2 bottles 3/2/2020
May 2017 Petit Verdot, 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet 5/4/2020
July 2016 Three Keys Cabernet – 2 bottles 7/6/2020
September 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2018 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/7/2020
November 2017 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 different designs 11/2/2020
Great Tastes White Wines Only
Shipment Wine Billing Date
January 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 1/6/2020
March 2019 Pinot Grigio – 2 bottles 3/2/2020
May 2019 Rosé – 2 bottles 5/4/2020
July 2019 Soliloquy – 2 bottles 7/6/2020
September 2019 Family Select Chardonnay – 2 bottles 9/7/2020
November 2019 Flora’s Legacy Chardonnay – 2 bottles 11/2/2020

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Preferred Palates
Shipment Wine Billing Date
February 2017 Trilogy, 2017 Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon 2/3/2020
April 2017 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon 4/6/2020
June 2017 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 6/1/2020
August 2017 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon 8/3/2020
October 2017 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon 10/5/2020
December 2017 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 12/7/2020

 

You can download the schedule here. Please note: Prices reflect the cost of wine only, not shipping & handling. Schedule and pricing is tentative.

Please contact the Wine Club department directly at (800) 913-1118 or wineclub@florasprings.com with any questions or if we can be of assistance.

Interested in our Wine Clubs? Learn more about the benefits of membership.

Flora Springs Receives Honorable Mention in Wine Spectator Video Contest

September 23, 2019

We are thrilled to announced that our video “Soliloquy: A Singular Wine | In 7 Acts” – which details the decades of work it took to recreate the 2018 Soliloquy from memory – received a distinguished Honorable Mention: Best Historical Journey in the 2019 Wine Spectator Video Contest.

With hundreds of entries along the theme of “Wine Wanderlust,” Wine Spectator recognized our work and says, “follow the Flora Springs family as they overcome great hurdles on this epic odyssey of wine and rebirth.”

The video was edited and renamed “Soliloquy: A Three-Decade Odyssey” in order to comply with the contest rules. You can learn more and view the full-length video here.

Wine Spectator Video Contest

Not Your Average Halloween Wines

August 15, 2019

Plan your Halloween Wine Country Visit

Halloween is more than just a day at Flora Springs…it’s an entire season! After all, with one of the few remaining Napa Valley Ghost Wineries on our property, we’re reminded year-round that there are phantoms and spirits who walked here before us. So we celebrate in a big way, dreaming up fun costumes, planning spooky tastings and events, such as our Ghost Winery Tour, and looking for new ways to decorate The Room, The Estate and our own homes. For General Manager Nat Komes and his wife Anne there’s another reason to celebrate: their wedding anniversary falls on October 31st!

Napa Valley Halloween

Of course in Napa Valley the wine you serve on Halloween is nearly, if not just, as important as the candy bowl! It’s the adult version of the “treat,” and that’s why we put so much effort into producing special Halloween-themed wines for our Wine Club and Mailing List Members. These are not your average Halloween wines, made to drink and forget. We set the bar high in terms of quality, using some of the best fruit from our estate property, including Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Because these vineyard blocks are small, they lend themselves perfectly to these limited-edition wines.

Best Halloween Wines

Unique Labels

Our Halloween labels are also a labor of love. Each year Nat Komes and his team let the creative juices flow as they seek inspiration from album cover art, comic books, children’s book illustrators and other artists to create brand new one-of-a-kind labels and packages. Skeletons, witches, pumpkins and black cats have all found their way onto these labels, in whimsical designs meant to treat, not trick. The only exception is our Ghost Winery Malbec, which always features a hand-drawn etching of our historic stone cellar on a label reminiscent of Flora Springs’ earliest releases.

Now is the best time to acquire your favorite labels, as these wines sell out fast. See all of our seasonal, winery-only Halloween Wines—they’ll send shivers down your spine! Do you have a favorite design?

Wines for Halloween

Halloween Entertaining

We’d love to hear about your Halloween traditions and party ideas. If you have a story or tradition to share, email us at info@florasprings.com or check out our We LOVE Halloween Pinterest board where we have collected all types of creative entertaining tips and ideas for a spooky wine tasting party.

❤ the Arts

April 10, 2019

For both Nat and Anne Komes, art – in its many forms and varieties – plays a central role in their busy lives. “Just as you must have wine on your table, you must have art in your life,” says Anne. “It gives you more perspective and depth, it makes life more beautiful.”

The Komeses both have artistic backgrounds: Nat was an English Literature major in college and once published a book of poetry. Anne, a native of France, is the daughter of a painter and a music agent who represented Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. She herself is a sculptor who works in clay. The couple often go to museums and galleries with their two children and enjoy collecting artistic works during their travels. They recently brought home a piece from a local artist exhibiting at the Brinton Museum near Big Horn, Wyoming where they were vacationing with their family. “It’s wonderful to have a reminder of the places we’ve been, and Nat and I love to support local talent,” says Anne.

Nat and Anne Komes
Nat & Anne Komes

 

At Flora Springs, Nat flexes his creative muscle by working with an array of artists on special wine labels, including those he develops for his annual Halloween-themed wines. He finds inspiration all around him – from album cover art and children’s books to the skateboarding culture that has fascinated him since he was a teen. “There’s art everywhere once you look for it,” says Nat, whose recent project, Wine Love Stories, (a 2012 Red Blend) features a label straight out of the romance comics genre of the 1940s and 50s.

Wine Love Stories

The wine is one of the featured offerings during Arts in April at The Room in St. Helena, a month-long celebration of the arts with a special installation by Napa-based artist John Bonick. “Each year in conjunction with Arts in April we commission an artist or artists to create original artwork for display on the exterior and interior of The Room,” says Nat. “It’s is our way of bringing wine and art together, celebrating the roles they each play in enhancing the quality of our lives.”

Presenting the 2016 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons

April 3, 2019

Single Vineyard Cabernets Napa Valley 2016

In Europe it is not uncommon to find winemaking dynasties that go back dozens of generations. We can’t say the same for Napa Valley; after all, wine grapes weren’t even planted here until the 19th century. But we like to think that Flora Springs, now in its third generation, is a dynasty in the making. That’s why the term Grand Estates Tradition appears on the back label of each of our Single Vineyard Cabernets. These wines are produced from estate vineyards in Napa Valley that our family has farmed for decades. They represent some of the finest micro-sites in Napa Valley, blocks that are so distinct and outstanding they deserve to be bottled on their own. With less than five hundred cases produced each year, and consistently among our highest scoring wines, our Single Vineyard Cabernets are in high demand.

Regarding the 2016 vintage, Winemaker Paul Steinauer says, “An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to an ideal 2016 growing season, one with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest in our Napa Valley estate vineyards.”

Our Preferred Palates Wine Club Members have a guaranteed allocation of these very limited wines. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

“Captivating from top to bottom…The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons are gorgeous wines endowed with striking aromatic intensity, nuance and depth…2016 is second only to 2013 among the top vintages of this decade so far.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018

2016 Rutherford Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Napa Valley Cabermet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

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