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.
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 email@example.com.
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.