The Places In Between

August 10, 2020

One of the many reasons Napa Valley is such a superb region for growing wine grapes is its incredible diversity. Although a mere 30 miles long and several miles wide, the valley is home to a wide range of microclimates and a vast array of soil types. Over the years, this diversity has led vintners and growers to create defined grape growing areas within Napa Valley. These areas, which reflect their regional designations, are called American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs.

Famous Napa Valley Sign

The Napa Valley is itself an AVA having received its own designation in 1981. It is California’s first recognized AVA and the second in the United States. Over time, sixteen “nested” AVAs have been designated within the Napa Valley AVA. Flora Springs owns and farms vineyards in five of these, including the St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll and Los Carneros AVAs.

But what about the places in between, the regions in Napa Valley that are not part of a nested AVA? If you look at a Napa Valley AVA map, you can see there are several areas that lay outside of the nested AVAs, in fact, our Kairos Vineyard, home to our Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon, is in one such area.

Kairos is just south of the Stags Leap District, kind of wedged between the Stags Leap, Oak Knoll and Coombsville AVAs,” says General Manager Nat Komes. “So when we bottle the Out of Sight Cabernet, we use the Napa Valley appellation on the label. But that doesn’t have any bearing on the quality of the vineyard or wine.”

In fact, there are plenty of properties renowned for high quality grapes and wines that do not lie within a nested AVA. Examples include sites that are between the St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs as well as vineyards found east of Oakville in the mountainous area known as Pritchard Hill.

For now, says Nat, “The Kairos Vineyard is a perfect example of the quality that can come from areas outside the nested AVA system.” For proof, look no further than Flora Springs Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon.

Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

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


Wines For The Man In Your Life
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.

Spring in Napa: Sunset Over Flora Springs Vineyards

May 22, 2020

If you miss visiting Napa Valley we invite you to sit back, pour yourself a glass of Flora Springs wine, and watch our new video of Sunset over Flora Springs Vineyard. Filmed spring 2020 in our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville, home of our Soliloquy and Holy Smoke wines, this relaxing montage will transport you to the Napa Valley you love and miss, and give you a peek at a vintage in the making.

Located off the Oakville Cross Road, the 95-acre Crossroads Ranch is home to Flora Spring’s eight-acre Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard. This property is the site of a previously unknown Sauvignon Blanc clone – Soliloquy – which was discovered by the Komes and Garvey family and certified by UC Davis. The soils are a mix of clay and well-drained sandy loam with a reddish hue from the traces of oxidized iron deposited by the Napa River over time. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, this site hosts Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Our single vineyard Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Crossroads Ranch.

Video production: @celiacareymedia

Now Available! Curbside Pickup at the Tasting Room

April 29, 2020

Tasting Room in St Helena

We are pleased to offer safe, convenient curbside pickup at the Flora Springs tasting room.

How to arrange your pickup:

  • Place your order – info@florasprings.com or call (800) 913-1118. Or, shop online and include a note that the order is for pickup.
  • Schedule a time via our online reservation system. Please be sure to provide your order number in the notes when making your reservation. Allow 24 hours from the time of placing your order.
  • Arrive at your scheduled time, and park in front of the tasting room and call the phone number posted out front. One of our staff members will bring your wine out to your car.
  • Wine Club Members, please contact Madeline Nossiter at 707-967-6724 or madeline@florasprings.com to coordinate shipments or pickup of your wines.

Our staff is onsite 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday and able to safely and conveniently fulfill your wine order. Please allow at least 24 hours for us to get your order ready for you. Thank you for supporting our small family-owned winery.

During this unusual time our entire Flora Springs family wants you to know that your well-being is our top priority. We are not able to offer wine tastings or other wine experiences right now, but are looking forward to when we can. We can’t wait to see you!

Flora Springs Tasting Room
677 S. Saint Helena Highway
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-8032

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.

Enjoy the Best of Flora Springs with Wine Club Membership

October 21, 2019

We know that when it comes to wine clubs, there are many options and you’re likely wondering what is the best Napa Valley Wine Club. At Flora Springs, we are committed to providing our Wine Club Members with an unparalleled experience.

“It’s been our favorite club to be a part of. But what I love most about being a member of the Flora Springs Wine Club—the wine always tastes great.”—Christy Bradshaw, Flora Springs Great Tastes Wine Club Member

Now is the time to join the Great Tastes Wine Club—you’ll get access to our coveted Holiday Etched Wines, as well as a host of other benefits. Hear more about how our club stands out from the rest:

Our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles are one of Flora Springs’ most treasured traditions, a way for us to give our Wine Club Members exclusive access to rare wines in festive, one-of-a-kind bottlings. Each year Nat Komes lets the creative juices flow as he and our team come up with new artful designs, many of them inspired by the holiday traditions we enjoy in our own homes.

Etched Holiday Wines from Napa Valley

Learn more about the best Napa Valley Wine Club.
See our entire Holiday Wine Collection.

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