The Daily Meal
25 Wines to Drink Now or Lay Down for the Future
By Roger Morris
Wines worth holding for three to five years (or longer): Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Wine 2015 ($85). 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.
by Melanie Ofenloch
As a wine blogger, I get a lot of samples and I am very grateful to have the chance to try the amount of samples I do. But occasionally, there are wines that when I open the box I drop my “professionalism” and I am sure you might hear an involuntarily “whoo hoo” rallying cry. Today I am going to write about a few of those wines that have earned that reaction. Note, several of these are special occasion wines and most of them have a price tag that commands that experience. But, I highly recommend splurging for that special occasion.
2015 Flora Springs Trilogy
Flora Springs is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, but has a legacy that dates back to 1800 when grapes were first planted on its Napa Valley property, by James and William Rennie. The winery is run by John Komes and his son Nat, while the vineyards are farmed by Pat Garvey (John’s brother-in-law) and his son, Sean. Paul Steinauer (who’s been with Flora Springs since 1990) is winemaker. The Komes family honors that history with sustainability, ghost wines and honoring the land that it farms.
Read more here.
by Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr
Flora Springs Trilogy 2015 ($80). 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. (New French oak: 85 percent; 15 percent American oak for 22 months.)
Napa Valley Life Magazine
by Doris Hobbs
Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard hosted their 14th annual Trilogy Release Party on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, at the winery’s estate in St. Helena. Hosted by Flora Springs’ owners, the Komes and Garvey families, the event celebrates the release of the 2015 vintage of the winery’s signature red wine, Trilogy and features food, wines, music and tours of the winery’s hillside caves.
The creation of Trilogy goes back to 1984 where the passion of Owner John Komes, set out to make the best wine possible by selecting the highest quality wine lots culled from their estate vineyards. By blending traditional Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc – they’ve created one of the original Meritage wines. Over the years they’ve added other Bordeaux varietals to this Cabernet-based blend, always seeking to create the very finest wine from each individual vintage.
Exclusive guest and wine club members joined the Flora Spring family to sample the estates newest vintage of Trilogy while strolling the estate grounds and taking in the sweeping views of the vineyards used to create their wine. Chefs from some of the region’s finest restaurants where serving delicious bites paired to enhance everyone’s enjoyment during Trilogy’s Release Party.
Nat Komes General Manager and 3rd generation of Flora Springs explains, “We try to make this event bigger and bigger each year. I grew up here in St. Helena and by doing so you always long for the city, so with that, I want those who attend to have it all.”
Review: 2015 Flora Springs Trilogy
by Christopher Null
Rated: A | 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.
91+ pts – 2015 FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY
Estate: Flora Springs Family Estate
Region: Napa Valley, North Coast, California, United States of America
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.
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There is 3x decadence in ‘Trilogy’
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.
The original “Trilogy” – a combination of Bordeaux varietals cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc – goes back years when Flora Springs Estate set out to craft the best wine possible from wine lots selected from its vineyards. Over the years their wine wizards have added other Bordeaux varietals to the original blend that displays huge structure and rich fruit.
Read more here.
James Suckling’s – TOP 100 NAPA AND SONOMA WINES OF 2017
#99 – 2014 FLORA SPRINGS NAPA VALLEY TRILOGY – 95 points
I like the juicy fruit and peat and mushrooms. Full-bodied, juicy and fruity. Soft and round tannins and a pretty finish. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 7% petit verdot and 6% malbec. Drink in 2020.
Read more here.
Wines for everyone on your holiday gift list
by Gabe Sasso
Wine is the perfect holiday gift. Nearly everyone loves a glass of wine with dinner or as a standalone beverage. Every year that passes, there are more and more brands on store shelves from U.S. producers and the rest of the world too. Making a choice can be a bit daunting, but fear not, because I’ve done the heavy lifting for you, tasting through a large quantity of different wine in a myriad of price points and styles. The wines below have one thing in common: they’re all really delicious.
Flora Springs 2014 Trilogy Red Wine
2014 is the 30th vintage of Trilogy, Flora Springs’ flagship wine. …
The Napa Valley Register
Flora Springs 2014 Holiday Blend Joyful Angel
Perhaps one of the magical attractions to Napa Valley wine is the fact that it is hand-made. Yes, there are technical advances that can practically make the wine sans humans, but 95 percent of Napa Valley’s wineries are family-owned and the industry here has a hands-on approach. You aren’t going to spend outrageous amounts of money on Napa Valley grapes and not have a hand in things.
Flora Springs takes this a step further, offering different hand-etched and hand-painted bottles (there’s a video on their site) each holiday. For 2017, there is the Joyful Angel as well as a Marching Soldier and Snowflake Dancers; the latter inspired by delicate cut-outs Flora had made with her grandsons on holidays past.
Flora Springs unwraps two presents
Flora Springs has two dynamic selections, dressed up in etched, hand-painted holiday bottles that will make the giver the toast of the season. But, that’s if you really want to share this festive duo.
The 2015 Dashaway Chardonnay ($45) features a whimsical reindeer pulling a gift-laden sleigh flying over the Napa Valley vineyards on Christmas Eve…
Flora Springs’ 2014 Red Wine Blend ($65) features an angel heralding “Joy to the World”…
The Sacramento Bee – A wine for most any occasion this holiday season
by Mike Dunne
When the dinner party is more serious and formal
Flora Springs 2014 Napa Valley Merlot
The Flora Springs is an ample, plummy and mocha-laced take on the varietal. It takes a while to open, but when it does it is profound as well as readily accessible.
Boardroom Magazine – Announces Flora Springs as a Recipient of Excellence in Achievement Award
“The BoardRoom Awards are the only awards in the private club industry that recognize private clubs’ business partners, and every year we see increasing innovation, achievement, a vision and dedication from BoardRoom Award recipients. And of course, private clubs are the beneficiary of outstanding work of the industry’s vendors,” said John Fornaro, publisher of the BoardRoom Magazine
Each year, winners are selected for overall excellence in their respective fields.
Lux Magazine – Wine & Spirits Awards
Flora Springs receives the “2017 Napa Valley Vineyard of the Year & Best Bordeaux Varietal Wine: Flora Springs 2014 Trilogy” from Lux Magazine.
Leslie Sbrocco- Thirsty Girl Life. Drink it Up!
BOO-ze. Happy Halloween!
It’s not hard to find spooky sips to enjoy the festivities adult style. I will be pouring Flora Springs Winery’s reds. It is the place to look for Hallowine fun. Their annual Ghost Winery label artwork changes yearly and I always look forward to their whimsical and delicious celebration of Halloween.
Cliff’s Wine Picks
2013 Flora Springs Ghost Winery Red Wine
Flora Springs puts out several “holiday-themed” bottles a year. Even though the labels are a bit whimsical, the wine in the bottle is serious stuff. This year the winery produced three Halloween themed bottles under their “Ghost Winery” label. The Ghost Winery label is named for the stone cellar on the winery’s property that was built in 1885. In 1977 Flora Springs’ owners, Flora and Jerry Komes, renovated the “Ghost Winery”.
The Agusta Chronicle
Wine Time: Flora Springs Ghost Winery Red Blend 2013, Napa Valley
by Dennis Sodomka
What: It’s time to start planning what to drink for Halloween. There are many holiday-themed labels, and your favorite wine shop should have plenty in stock.
It is fun to be silly on this holiday, but this Flora Springs GhostWinery Red Blend is not one to sip while you’re passing out candy to the neighborhood ghosts and goblins. This is a special occasion wine that you should serve at a nice dinner with time to savor it.
It is a serious wine in a fun package, with a label design by Wes Freed, known for his CD cover art. He produced three special labels this year, Ghost Jumper (which I had), Cemetery Band and Dead Man’s Vineyard Party. They’re all playful and fun, and really well done. The wine is the same regardless of which label you get. Flora Springs also has several other Halloween-themed wines available through its website.
This wine is spooky good. It is a cabernet sauvignon-based blend with enticing aromas of black cherries and spice that leads to blackberry, plum and cassis flavors. The tannins are well integrated with the fruit-forward flavors. This is a wine that should age well for several years.
Napa Valley Life Magazine
HALLOWEEN WINE SELECTIONS IN NAPA VALLEY
by Doris Hobbs
Trick or Treat with a ghostly blend of wine with Flora Springs All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc, 2015 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.
Drink up! If you dare
Just in time for menacing tales and spirits, Flora Springs Winery and Vineyard brings forth a wine 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 Napa Valley Red Wine 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 by iconic artist Wes Freed, are haunting figures of a ghastly zombie jam session cursed by hovering, hungry crows and two bats watching from a hillside.
So, light the candles and let mysterious forces bring magic into your glass.
KQED FOOD- Check, Please! Bay Area with Leslie Sbrocco
2014 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California $45
Flora Springs was founded in 1978 by Jerry and Flora Komes. Today, it remains a family operation and is a winery I consider a Napa Valley classic. As such, Cabernet Sauvignon is their calling card. This version marries fruit from their estate vineyards — including Rutherford and Oakville — giving it purity of fruit laced with appealing dusty aromas. It is lush and layered with integrated oak and polished tannins. A beauty of a red that showcases this Napa classic at its best.
Napa Valley Register
Opening for Emmylou: Flora Springs hosts a benefit for Jesuit Refugee Services
Sean Garvey has a pretty cool gig coming up: opening act for singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris when she performs a benefit concert Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) at Flora Springs Winery on Oct. 6.
“It’s kind of fun, opening for EmmyLou Harris,” the local musician and grapegrower said. “People ask how did you get this gig? I say, ‘My mother.’”
Mom is Julie Garvey, a woman who has forged a personal journey through the valley. She had worked with her brother, John Komes, developing and running Flora Springs Winery, after their father bought a ghost winery in the 1970s.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
California Wine of the Week: Flora Springs 2016 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Family Select
The Flora Springs 2016 Chardonnay is a lovely, rounded wine perfect for the last hot days of the season. With a rich stately presence, this wine represents some of the best of Flora Springs winemaking.
The winery: Proprietor John Komes has been making Chardonnay for 40 years – it was his first vintage for Flora Springs. In that time, he’s seen an evolution in the way chardonnay is made with his version barreled on the lees in French oak giving it a rich, creamy feel.
Why like it: The Flora Springs Chardonnay is both floral and fruity. Flavors of strawberry, pineapple, lemon and vanilla are balanced nicely with the tastes of summer fruit. Buttery and rounded, it has a lush mouthfeel and is good on its own.
Pair it with: Artichoke soup, chicken, fruit salad.
John Komes, co-owner of Flora Springs, may have a self-proclaimed love affair with Chardonnay, but his son Nat, the general manager at the winery, is a fanboy for Sauvignon Blanc. The Komes family have been farming the white grape for over three decades, utilizing the two vineyards sourced for this bottle for the past two decades. Apparently, there has been some talk about, and the temptation to, graft these vines over to Cabernet Sauvignon (Flora Springs is well known for their big bold reds.) But with Nat’s encouragement, the family’s held back. And, personally, I’m glad they have. Well-structured Sauvignon Blancs are hard to find — but with the clonal mix along with the combination of different aging techniques, that’s exactly what Flora Springs have produced with this 2016 vintage.
About the Wine: The Flora Springs 2016 Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes (60% Soliloquy clone, 40% Musque clone) harvested from two Flora Springs estate vineyards — predominantly the Soliloquy Vineyard — both of which are located in Napa Valley’s Oakville.
What to Drink Now: Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon by Dallas Magazine
Cool down with these juicy wines.
by Haley Hamilton Cogill
Refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and textured Sémillon are the perfect wines to sip through the end of summer. Here are a few suggestions:
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine awards 92 points & 2 Puffs to 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
The Estate is now open Sundays
San Francisco Chamber Highlights Flora Springs
Flora Springs featured in The Napa Valley Register, Flora Springs: 40 years of stories in the Napa Valley by Sasha Paulsen
Say “Flora Springs Winery,” and many people will think of the distinctive tasting room on Highway 29, just south of St. Helena, the one inspired by the imaginative Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí that looks a bit like a soft-swirl ice cream cone, chocolate and vanilla.
But there’s a story behind the unusual tasting room — about a mile behind it, at the end of West Zinfandel lane in a stone ghost winery that is, literally, the roots of Flora Springs…Read more.
Flora Springs featured in The Ellsworth American, Victims of Volstead by Stephen Fay
If you thought Prohibition was tough on wine drinkers, imagine what it did to wine makers…Read more.
Celebrating April with new art at Flora Springs – Napa Valley Register
In celebration of Arts in April throughout the Napa Valley, the tasting room at Flora Springs Winery has a new art installation by local artists, The Baker Sisters.
With an installation that celebrates the Hawaiian heritage of Flora Komes, the woman who inspired the founding of Flora Springs Winery 40 years ago, St. Helena’s Baker Sisters have worked their magic again at The Room, the winery’s tasting room in St. Helena.
In conjunction with Arts Council Napa Valley’s annual Arts in April, the creative duo has transformed the exterior of The Room with a living art piece that features a young lei-bedecked woman playfully tossing flowers into the air. Wearing a skirt composed of hundreds of live flowers, the woman echoes the classicized image of “Flora” that appears on each label of Flora Springs wine.
The art installation will be up through mid-May. Each weekend in April the tasting room will feature a mix of live music, live painting sessions, a barbershop quartet, and spontaneous songs courtesy of Serf & James, featured artists at BottleRock.
On Friday, April 21, the winery will recognize Earth Day with Flora’s Social, an after-hours event from 5 to 8 p.m., including an art show curated by the Baker Sisters, live music, a DJ and plenty of wine and food. More information is available at florasprings.com or by calling (707) 967-8032 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Helena’s Flora Springs to pour library wines in celebration of National Library Week
In recognition of National Library Week, Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard, a family-owned, Napa Valley wine estate established in 1977, will pour selected library wines at both The Estate and The Room next week from Saturday, April 8, to Saturday, April 15. Featured wines, also available for sale, will include the 1989, 1995, and 2011 vintages of Flora Springs Trilogy, a Bordeaux-style red blend that the winery has produced for 30 years.
“As we celebrate our 40th year of making wine in Napa Valley, it seems appropriate to offer these beautifully-aged Trilogy vintages that people rarely have an opportunity to taste,” said Nat Komes, third generation vintner and general manager of Flora Springs. “And it seemed fun and fitting to coincide with National Library Week, especially since the theme this year is “Libraries Transform.”
The Room, Flora Springs’ tasting room located at 677 St. Helena Highway in St. Helena, will feature live music on both Saturdays, April 8 and 15. Both The Room and The Estate, located at 1978 West Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena, are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Reservations are required to visit The Estate. Additional tasting fees for the library wines may apply.
In addition to offering library vintages of Trilogy, Flora Springs also will offer a special release of two of its single vineyard cabernet sauvignons, via its website, florasprings.com.
Flora Springs Named one of the Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit by Food & Wine Magazine
Out of over 400 wineries in Napa Valley, Food & Wine Magazine chose just 54, including Flora Springs, as the “Best to Visit.”
2014 Trilogy Awarded 93 points by The Wine Advocate
Robert M. Parker, Jr. notes, “Their 2014 Trilogy…is a wine of suppleness, complexity and loads of licorice, tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, spice and some background oak and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit, texture and length, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 or so years, although it is already displaying its undeniable charm and lusciousness.
One of the more historic and long-term producers of Napa Valley wine (particularly their bevy of Cabernet Sauvignons), Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards sits on the west side of Highway 29 in Rutherford. Along with Joseph Phelps, they were one of the first to produce a proprietary Bordeaux blend from various grapes.”
Flora Springs Celebrates the 30th Release of Trilogy
On February 4, 2017, Flora Springs will celebrate the 30th release of the flagship wine Trilogy at the 15th annual Trilogy Release Party. Learn more.
2013 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Named #74/100 Top Napa Valley Reds 2016 by James Suckling
The wine was also awarded 94 points, and the reviewer notes: “Wow. Impressive nose with so much dark and opulent fruit, yet remains floral and precise. Full-bodied palate with lots of licorice, dark chocolate, black currant and toasted oak. Flamboyant yet fresh and lively. Drink now.”
2013 Trilogy Scores 94 in Wine Enthusiast magazine
The reviewer called the 2013 Trilogy a “wow” wine with “grace and plenty of body, smoothly textured and refined.”
Flora Springs Unveils New Website
With improved graphics, rich content and enhanced features such as an interactive historical timeline, the new Flora Springs website was launched in time for the busy fall and holiday seasons.
Flora Springs Partners with BoardRoom magazine & Distinguished Clubs of America
Flora Springs is partnering with Distinguished Clubs of America, providing wine for the organization’s national conference. Proprietor John Komes is featured in the September/October issue of BoardRoom magazine.
Flora Springs to Participate in Premier Napa Valley 2017
Flora Springs is excited to participate in the 2017 Premiere Napa Valley! For over twenty years this annual grand tasting and futures auction for the trade has helped fund the Napa Valley Vintners efforts to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. Like other vintners who participate, we’ll be creating a one-of-a-kind wine lot just for the auction.
Four Flora Springs wines score 92 and above from internationally acclaimed wine critic and journalist James Suckling. Wines and scores include: 2013 Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon (94 points), 2013 Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (94 points), 2013 Rutherford Hillside Reserve (93 points), 2013 Trilogy (92 points).
Flora Springs Announces New Logo, Labels and Packaging
Flora Springs unveiled a new logo, labels and packaging designed to reflect a stronger brand identity and more clearly convey key messages about the Napa Valley estate’s core values. “While critical elements of the original design have been retained, the new package tells the Flora Springs story in a clearer, more compelling way,” said Nat Komes, third generation vintner and general manager of Flora Springs, who noted that this is the first significant package change in several years.