Harvest 2016 Update #4

October 5, 2016

Flora Springs Harvest 2016

“Well, Mother Nature once again threw us a bit of a curve ball – We experienced 3 days around 100F, then it cooled off and actually had some showers on Sunday & Monday this week. The good news is that none of that has effected the grapes to any degree at all. We have harvested approximately 80% of our fruit thus far and the remaining grapes will be brought in by the end of next week. We have a handful of blocks on the Komes Ranch in the Rutherford Appellation – Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. We also have a few blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon at our Crossroads Ranch in the Oakville Appellation as well. We are just waiting for these blocks to garner a more complex flavor profile before we pick them.”
—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

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In the News: Flora Springs Halloween Wines

October 4, 2016

Flora Springs Halloween Wines

Note: The following article on this year’s Halloween Wines, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Bugue, can also be found here.

It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means. Nancy should definitely run in the halls; it may not be such an excellent day for an exorcism, and perhaps a boy’s best friends should not be his mother (or his dead mother anyway). But Halloween also means…they’re heeere. Flora Springs’ spook-inspired wines are ready for our Halloween parties and dinners.

Square Jack, the wineries’ affectionate name for the ghoulish, teeth-baring pumpkin which greets all tasters to this 2014 Cabernet Franc, is just one of three special bottlings. General Manager Nat Komes discovered Square Jack’s illustrator, John Manders, while reading his children stories at the St. Helena Library.

These Halloween wines always spice up the wine glass with big flavors of concentrated fruit and toasty oak. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep…at least not until the bottle is finished.

—Catherine Bugue, St. Helena Star


Learn more about all our bewitching Halloween wines. Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween begin October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide for details.

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They’re Baaaack…New Halloween Wines

September 20, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve, 2014 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2014 Harvest Witch

Flora Springs has the distinction of being 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. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

It’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghost of spirits past with three new limited-production Halloween wines.

2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc
With custom label artwork we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack” created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders, this 100% Cabernet Franc comes from the Rutherford side of Komes Ranch. Only 300 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 All Hallow's Eve Cabernet Franc
2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc with label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

2014 Ghost Winery Malbec
A tribute to the winery’s illustrious history, this 100% Rutherford Malbec offers spine-tingling flavors of black cherry, currant and ripe plum and hints of mocha, tobacco and vanilla. Only 460 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

20014 Ghost Winery Malbec
2014 Ghost Winery Malbec

 

2014 Harvest Witch
Our popular Wes Freed label series returns with this wicked bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed 2013 vintage. Only 250 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon with label art by Wes Freed

 

New this year! We’re expanding the wine label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Shop now.

Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween start October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide to ensure these wickedly good wines will reach all your ghouls & goblins in time.

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Presenting a New Flora Springs Online Experience

September 15, 2016

Flora Springs New Website Announcement

Year-round, we work diligently to bring you the best wines from our estate vineyards.

Now, we are excited to bring you a new and improved Flora Springs online experience. With newly-discovered historical photos, rich content, and enhanced features such as an interactive historical timeline – we are excited to tell our story, including Flora’s story, like never before.

Please explore – we hope you enjoy all that we’ve created. We hope to hear your thoughts, please share with us on Facebook or info@florasprings.com.

Join our Mailing List to keep up with our announcements year-round.

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2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc – Featuring Unique Halloween Custom Label Art from John Manders

September 14, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve - Square Jack
2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc with custom label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

Flora Springs has the distinction of being 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. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

The custom artwork on this year’s All Hallow’s Eve, which we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack,” was created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders. Third generation family member and General Manager Nat Komes discovered John’s art while reading to his kids at the St. Helena library. Inspiration comes from many places!

This year, we’re expanding the All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Now you can show your Halloween spirit with clothing, accessories—even a “Stacked Jack” skateboard deck! Shop now.

Stacked Jack Skateboard Deck
“Stacked Jack” Skateboard featuring John Manders’ custom art complementing our “Square Jack” 2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc

 

About John Manders
I was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where I studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. My non-art interests include restoring my old house and trying to speak Italian.

My work is featured in over 60 children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines. I am a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and its first president. I organized the successful Bow Wow Meow art auction that benefited the Animal Rescue League and the PSI scholarship fund. In 2003 I curated Illustration: The Process, an educational exhibit of fourteen illustrators and their working methods. My latest curating effort, Once Upon A Page, an exhibition of Western Pennsylvanian children’s book illustrators, toured the United States in 2006.

My work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and I was honored in the 25-year retrospective of Cricket magazine covers that was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. That year I was also a participant at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. In May, 2006 I was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. In May, 2013 I won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society for my work on Jack and the Giant Barbecue.

I live in Franklin, Pennsylvania with my dog.

Learn more about John Manders.

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Harvest 2016 Update #3

September 1, 2016

“We started our first day of harvest on Aug 16, 2016 with our Pinot Grigio, then segued into our Sauvignon Blanc on Aug 19, and completed our last Sauvignon Blanc harvest on Aug 26. We will now have roughly a 2-week window between our next picks, particularly with the cooler weather we are experiencing.

We have a new planting of Chardonnay at our Lavender Hill vineyard that is about 2 weeks away. Also, we have Merlot at the Komes Ranch at the Flora Springs Estate that is approximately 2 weeks away as well.

The Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are fermenting at the moment. In the first photo, you will see a Sauvignon Blanc fermentation taking place in a temperature controlled stainless steel tank – These grapes were picked at 23.4 brix, and is currently at 5 brix. As the yeast consumes the sugars, you get approximately .6% alc per brix, so the current alcohol is about 10.4%, and once the yeast has consumed all the sugars, the final alcohol will be roughly 13.9%. We ferment at 55 degrees F, and the process takes roughly 3 weeks or so. We raise the temperature towards the end of fermentation as to prevent yeast stress and ensure the fermentation will reach completion.

In the second photo you will see some 60 gallon oak barrels, as well as some 135 gallon oak puncheons that are being used to ferment Sauvignon Blanc as well. You will notice a series of stainless tubing connected by glycol hoses. We have this manifold system connected to a thermostat where we are able to control the temperature of the fermentation just like in the tank. The plastic bag you see on top, just seal the bung holes, will allow CO2 from the fermentation to escape.”

—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Sauvignon Blanc Fermentation

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Barrels

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Harvest 2016 Update #2

August 16, 2016

Harvest Update 2016 #2: Pinot Grigio

“We harvested our first grapes today – Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio from a distance looks more like a red grape than a white grape, but they actually have more of a brown skin color to them when harvested. The grapes were picked early morning to take advantage of the cool weather. They are all handpicked and gently poured into 1/2 ton bins.”

—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

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#CabernetDay 2016 is September 1

August 10, 2016

#Cabernet Day 2016

Join the 7th Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet

#CabernetDay is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-based blends.

We are proud to say that after more than 37 years of winemaking and more than 30 years of crafting Trilogy – our flagship Cabernet-based red blend – Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaker, Paul Steinauer.

How to participate:

  • Order our #Cabernet Day 2016 3-Pack
  • Join us online September 1st. We’ll be talking about Cabernet and Cab blends all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on September 1st using hashtag #CabernetDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan using #CabernetDay and tagging us in their tweet or Instagram post! You could win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

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2013 Trilogy a Favorite of Wine Writers

August 1, 2016

We’ve said it many times before—we believe everyone should decide on their own whether they like a wine or not. Scores and reviews from wine writers and reviewers tend to tell just part of the story.

Still, it’s nice when our wines get noticed—which has been happening a lot lately with our 2013 Trilogy.

Below are a couple of our favorite examples, find the complete list here.

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Wine Enthusiast 94 Points

JamesSuckling.com 92 Point Rating

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine 91 Points

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Harvest 2016 Update #1

July 15, 2016

Flora Springs Harvest Update Grapes in Verasion

“This is from a block of Merlot in the Komes Ranch vineyard at the Flora Springs Estate and these grapes go into the Trilogy blend. Based on the current level of ripeness, I would suspect these grapes will be harvested around the second week of September. We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave at the moment, but the vines are looking strong and healthy.”
—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

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