New Wine Club Member Benefit – Special Rates at the Inn at the Eagle Mountain Resort

November 23, 2020

Inn at Eagle Mountain

Renowned for its Southwestern décor and luxurious amenities, the Inn at Eagle Mountain is offering Flora Springs Wine Club Members 50% off the best available rate, through June 30, 2021.

The Inn at Eagle Mountain Resort is nestled in the foothills above the eighteenth green of the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. Guests enjoy panoramic views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Red Mountain, and the Sonora Desert canyon. The resort offers a secluded ambience and an exclusive retreat location, yet is just minutes from Scottsdale’s galleries, shopping, dining and golf. Flora Springs President & Proprietor John Komes invites you to enjoy this boutique luxury hotel where the good life of Napa Valley’s wine country combines with the ambiance and beauty of the American Southwest.

Learn more about the Inn at Eagle Mountain. To make reservations, please call (844) 318-5183 and mention you are a Flora Springs Wine Club Member.

Golf in Scottsdale

This Year’s Etched Holiday Wines: The Inspiration

November 10, 2020

Etched Holiday Wines

Our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles are one of Flora Springs’ most treasured traditions, a way for us to give you exclusive access to rare wines in festive, one-of-a-kind bottlings.

This year Nat Komes found inspiration from a vintage greeting card he uncovered in his Grandmother Flora’s attic, an illustration of a cardinal perched on a holiday wreath. Christened the “Christmas bird” for its spectacular red color, the cardinal is a symbol of the beauty and warmth of the holiday season. This brilliant bird found its way onto each of our holiday designs, our Holiday 2020 Gift Guide, and even throughout our holiday photo shoot.

Etched Holiday Wines - Flora's Cardinal

Etched Holidy Wines - Festive Fox

Etched Holiday Wines - Joyful Skater

Trilogy

See our entire collection of Holiday Wines.

Halloween 2020 is Flora Springs’ Most Epic Halloween Yet

October 15, 2020

Halloween 2020

Halloween is always a cause for celebration at Flora Springs, and all year long we look forward to releasing our Halloween Wines. Over the last decade, these seasonal bottlings have become some of our most anticipated and highly sought after annual releases.

For a limited time, order our Napa Valley Fire Relief Halloween Wines 2-Pack and we’ll donate 35% to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund to help our neighbors affected by the recent fires.

And though Halloween is different this year, we’re still going big. We’ve partnered with several very creative people who love Halloween as much as we do. Need Halloween inspiration? Look no further.

Creative Inspiration for your Halloween wine party and entertaining with Flora Springs and Recipes

How to Style a Dia de los Muertos Party
by Twinspirational

Dia de los Muertos Party Ideas
Photo credit: Twinspirational

See more party ideas from Twinspirational.


Jack-o-Lantern Baked Brie
by The Okayest Moms

Baked Brie Pumpkin by the Okayest Moms
Photo credit: The Okayest Moms

Get the recipe from The Okayest Moms.


Halloween Dinner, with a Fun Seasonal Twist: Pumpkin Cacio e Pepe
by My Diary of Us

Cacio e Pepe Halloween Dinner
Photo credit: My Diary of Us

Get the recipe from My Diary of Us.


Where are you celebrating Halloween?
Visit the Tasting Room

Wine blogger Noël visited Flora Springs. We invite you to come taste our Halloween Wines. The tasting room is open by reservation, make your plans today. Photo credit @wine_o_xperience.


Pumpkin Patch

Brianna took her Halloween Wines to the pumpkin patch. Photo credit @breezzzzyy.

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Show us how you’re celebrating Halloween with our wines—use #florasprings and we may share your post too!

 

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October 1st already? Halloween will be here before you know it! How will you be celebrating? 🎃 #floraspringspartner My husband and I received our shipment of Halloween wine from @florasprings and they paired so well with our charcuterie plate! We received 🧡 2014 Drink in Peace Merlot 🧡 2017 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc 🧡 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec These wines are exclusive and not available in stores, only directly from @florasprings 😃 You can order yours now to receive it in time for Halloween by clicking the link in my bio. Get creative and make a Halloween-inspired charcuterie board, pour some @florasprings Halloween wine & put on a Halloween movie…sounds like a great way to spend Halloween night! #florasprings #halloweenwine #halloween #ghostwinery #napawinery #napacalifornia #wine #napavalley #workinglifebelike #candidmotherhood #myquietbeauty #workingmama #mymamahood #ofsimplethings #realmomlife #thesearethedays #heaventhroughmylens #motherhoodunited #mynameismama #lifegivingsquares #motherhoodintheraw #calm_collected #momentsinmotherhood #worldoflittles #mymotherhood #livemoremagic #motherhoodrocks

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Friends!! Have you had Halloween wine before? We have partnered up with @florasprings to showcase their great line of Halloween wines they have to offer! And they are fantastic! 💀💀💀 Of course, we had to do a pairing of wine and charcuterie, because wine. And these big bold reds paired perfectly with salty meats and cheeses, as well as with Halloween Candy! 🍷🍷🍷 These wines are NOT sold in stores, you have to buy directly from their website, but you totally should! We are first of all loving the design of the bottles, but also the wine! All with a Halloween theme, the Ghost Winery Malbec and Drink in Peace Merlot are from a Ghost Winery! 👻👻👻 No, not that kind of ghost! What is a Ghost Winery? It’s a term that describes a winery built between 1860-1900 and fell into disrepair in the 20th century because of a vine disease, the Great Depression or Prohibition. When Jerry and Flora Komes purchased @florasprings in 1977, it came with 2 Ghost Wineries. One in 1900 owned by 2 brothers who were from Scotland, the other was the Charles Brockhoff winery built in 1885. You can read more on their website about these properties. 👻👻👻 The 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec featured the Brockhoff winery on the label. And is a cauldron of black cherry, blackberry and blueberry notes with vanilla, sassafras and cocoa powder. 🍷🍷🍷 The 2018 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc has a label designed by Anthony Yankovic of a winemaker at harvest. From a small block in Rutherford, this wine is dense and concentrated with blackberry, fig and plum. Notes of sassafras, cardamom, vanilla and toast with a smooth finish like the dark and black of an All Hallows’ Eve night. 👻👻👻 The last bottle is the Drink in Peace 2014 Merlot. In @florasprings signature coffin box, this Day of the Dead etched and painted bottle is a beautiful piece of art. Full bodied with a black currant and raspberry nose, flavors of cherry, oak, and vanilla with cedery smoke combine for this fabulous wine. We loved this collab with @florasprings, I will put a link to their Halloween wine in stories, and hope that you check them out! #halloweenwine #florasprings #ghostwinery

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No one does Hallowine like @FloraSprings 🧟‍♂️⁣ and yes I am the Halloqween! ⁣ ⁣ 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWINE 👻 Night 11⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Every year, Flora Springs releases their All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc with beautifully designed Halloween labels. Although each years’ bottles look different, the consistency is always fantastic on this 100% Cabernet Franc. Blackberry, fig, cracked white pepper and toasted oak. This is the fourth All Hallows’ Eve I’ve tried from them and such a treat to look forward to each year! You can pick one of these up for $60, and they have fantastic aging potential, so get one to try now and one to try in 10 years!⁣ ⁣ Stay tuned for more Hallowine from Flora Springs this month 🎃 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #cabernetfranc #florasprings #halloweenwine #spookywine #31nightsofhalloween #halloweencountdown #hallowqueen #spookyszn #halloweenvibes #redwine #cabfranc #halloweendecor #31nightsofhallowine #winegirl #winestagram #winetime #winetasting

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Things are getting spooky with @florasprings wines! Both the 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec and 2016 All Hallows’ Eve Merlot feature a one of a kind Halloween Label (peep stories to get a closer look)! They are also donating 35% of the proceeds from this two pack towards fire relief! . . Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app http://liketk.it/2Z0D3 #liketkit @liketoknow.it . . #florasprings #halloweenwine #ghostwinery #barcart #barcartstyling #halloweenbarcart #barcartdecor #barcartgoals #barcartstyle #barcartbeautiful #halloweendecor #halloween2020 #spookyseason #halloweendecoration #spookyszn #targetfinds #amazonfinds #worldmarketfinds #winetime🍷 #wineoclock #wineofinstagram #wineoftheday #sacblogger #LTKunder100 #LTKstyletip #LTKhome

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Drink in Peace 💀 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWINE 🕸 Night 20⁣ ⁣ ⁣ You really want to celebrate Hallowine right? I recommend getting your hands on one of these Drink In Peace Merlot boxes from @florasprings ⚰️ The bottle is beautifully etched and comes in a coffin, so when you finish the bottle you’ll probably still want to keep it for decoration, or you can let your wine Rest In Peace for a few years before opening it. This particular Merlot can be aged another 7-10 years, so I plan to wake it from the dead another time.⁣ ⁣ Flora Springs is home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Every year, the winery pays homage to its ghost winery status with some awesome spooky bottles, and its true that no one does Halloween quite like @florasprings ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #wine #winetasting #winery #winenight #winetime #winecountry #wines #winestagram #vino #winelover #wineblogger #winelovers #winelife #sommelier #napa #redwine #wineoclock ⁣ #florasprings #merlot #31nightsofhallowine #halloweenwine #halloween #spookyseason #winestagram #napawine #californiawine #ghost #spookyscaryskeletons #wineinfluencer #drinkdrankdrunk

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Working on my Halloween costume…I think I’ll call it “mom who sneaks the kids candy”. Which chocolate goes best with Malbec? Asking for research purposes! . @florasprings sent over their festive Halloween Malbec and Merlot- both of which are works of art. Did you know Napa has a whole slew of “ghost wineries”? Neither did I! With the recent fires in Napa County, @florasprings will donate 35% of the proceeds from the sales of these two wines when purchased as a 2-pack for $100. All other wines ship for $5 with code SHIPFOR5 as well! . . . #ltkhome #wineandchocolate #winepairing #florasprings #halloweenwine #ghostwinery #halloween2020 #gothmakeup #spookyszn #spookyseason👻 #momlife #momsofinstagram #mominfluencers #grig102120 #momiform #winelovers

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Cheers to the weekend! 🍷🍷 I am so excited to be teaming up with one of my favorites this month! @florasprings does Halloween right 🕷👻 They have the perfect bottles of wine for all your October Festivities and More! I don’t know how to choose, but this Malbec + Merlot are both delicious! 🍷🍷🍷 . Right now, due to the devastation of the Fire that affected our community, Flora Springs will donate 35% of the proceeds from the sales of these two wines when purchased as a 2-pack for $100. More details + the link to shop is in stories! You can also use the code SHIPFOR5 for $5 shipping! Get those orders in now so you are all set for your Halloween fun! #florasprings #halloweenwine #ghostwinery @florasprings #napawine #napawinery http://liketk.it/2YY3W #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKsalealert #LTKstyletip #LTKunder100 . . . . . #fblogger #bloggerstyle #expressyou #stylegram #fashiongram #styleinspo #fashioninspo #outfitoftheday #ootd #napavalley #whatiwore #halloweendecor #igstyle #igfashion #halloweenstyle #shoplocal #lookoftheday #wiw #whatimwearing #fashionblogger #wineblogger

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It’s the weekend!!! Time to have some wine and unwind! Yes , I love wine, almost as much as I love Halloween, it’s my favorite Holiday and when I found out there was a thing called Halloween Wine, I was all about it!! Flora Springs Winery is right here in our very own Napa valley. Not only is their wine perfect but the history on their winey is amazing. They’re actually known as a Ghost Winery! I included a tidbit of info here, but I highly suggest checking out their page for their full history and even making a visit! www.florasprings.com The Ghost Winery Legacy ‘Ghost Winery’ is a term used to describe a winery that was built between 1860 and 1900 and fell into disrepair in the early 20th century due to the triple threat of the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression, and of course, Prohibition. Before 1919, when Prohibition began, there were an estimated 713 winery businesses in California. Following its repeal 14 years later, only 40 wineries were left. This resulted in a wave of abandoned wineries throughout the next several decades. Many wineries of the time disappeared forever; others were left in ruins. I had the pleasure of pairing up these wines with some fun Halloween treats! All of which pair well with any of these reds. Pumpkin Spice Macarons Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cake Chocolate Salted Carmel cakesicles Drink In Peace ( D.I.P) 2014 Merlot Ghost Winery 2018 Malbec All Hallows Eve 2018 Cabernet Franc These wines are exclusive and available directly through their website for purchase. They are not available in stores. www.florasprings.com Right now, if you purchase a 2 pack of Halloween Wines they will donate 35% to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. #florasprings #halloweenwine #ghostwinery #hallowine #sweetsandWine

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Let’s have some skele-fun. 💀💀💀 Have you seen our Dia de los Muertos party yet? We wore black dresses and red or gold spiked floral crowns from @doramarra. We also applied the traditional Day of the Dead eye makeup. It is a lot easier than it looks. If you have a black or dark gray creme shadow and black liner, you’re half way there. We watched a few YouTube videos since this was our first time. We also added a few jewels for some extra glam. Other guests wore eye-masks, face-masks, jewels and/or makeup. Anything goes at a Dia de los Muertos party. Just have fun with it and check out our “squad ghouls.” Read all about it on the blog (link in bio). #twinspirational #diadelosmuertos #doramarra

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It’s spooky season and I have some great wines to share for the occasion 🎃👻🧙🏻‍♀️ . . . If you’re looking for some wines that are very on brand for Halloween, look no further than the @florasprings 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec and 2016 All Hallows’ Eve Merlot. 🍷🍷 I drank the Ghost Winery Malbec on Halloween last year and it blew me away. I’m excited to have another bottle this year too! I know Halloween is looking a little different this year with COVID, so I will definitely be curling up with these bottles of wine while I watch the only two Halloween movies I enjoy: Hocus Pocus and the Halloweentown series. 🍷 . . . The best part about this is when you purchase the 2-pack ($100 total), Flora Springs will donate 35% of the proceeds from the sales to support the victims of the recent Napa wildfires. (These wines can only be purchased through the Flora Springs website) ❤️ . . . I also have a special promo code for you! If you enter the promo code SHIPFOR5 , you can get $5 flat rate on ground shipping. This is a great deal! (Note that this does not apply to the 2- pack of wine mentioned above as the proceeds are going to charity). . . . Cheers to good wine for a good cause 🍷🥂 · . . #florasprings #halloweenwine #ghostwinery #wineforacause #napafires #sponsored ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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John & Nat Komes Featured in Napa Valley Register

October 2, 2020

Note: The article excerpted below was originally published in the Napa Valley Register and can be found here.

John & Nat Komes

‘I’ll tell you a story,” John Komes said. He was standing in front of a colorful painting that depicts Flora Springs Winery, which he and his family launched in 1978 in a pre-Prohibition ghost winery in St. Helena.

“We decided we wanted a painting,” he said, recounting how the family invited Cynthia Fitting, an artist living in Sacramento, to come to Flora Springs to talk about a project.

“When she was leaving, her car wouldn’t start.” Fitting flagged down an employee, just leaving the winery, to ask for a jump. Too busy, the man replied, and he hurried off to a sales meeting.

Fitting got the commission and produced the vivid, charming painting, which portrays the winery and its people…”Read more.

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.

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