“Today is the first day of harvesting red grapes – and I believe the first time in the winery’s history that red grapes have been harvested before Labor Day.
We picked the East side of Block B Merlot on the Komes Ranch. This particular block ripens East to West, so we typically pick it in three sections: East, Middle and West – usually about a week apart between picks.
The yields are down this year, as a result of some variation in set due to a cold snap we experienced in May. However, the bumper crops in 2012, 2013, and 2014 may have as much to do with the low yields we are experiencing in 2015 – given the fact that vines don’t typically produce as much fruit after high yield years. The good news is the fact that the quality should be exceptional!”
“This week we are in something of a lull. We are finishing up our sauvignon blanc harvest in Oakville, but nothing else is ready for picking just yet. This seasonable, not too hot, not too cool, weather is great for slow ripening, and slow ripening is great for quality and balance, but not great when you want to get going already. … Soon enough we’ll be busy harvesting again. Both our Oakville merlot and chardonnay are hovering near ripeness. Until then we are prepping the blocks we already picked for dormancy and the 2016 season: spreading compost and cover crop seed.”
“Our Oakville harvest begins this week with sauvignon blanc, which is always the first grape to be picked for still wine. With most blocks and varieties we are slightly ahead of last year, another early year, in some we are way ahead, and in others we are slightly behind. Overall, this harvest is two to four weeks ahead of average. For example on Aug. 18 we picked a block of sauvignon blanc that we picked last year on Aug. 28. In an ‘average’ harvest’ we pick the same block on Sept. 8. Yields are light, which is speeding up ripening. Other varieties are starting to sweeten up as well!”
We are big believers in making up your own mind about whether you like a wine or not. Scores and reviews from wine critics and reviewers tend to tell just part of the story.
Still, it’s nice when our wines get noticed by the critics, which has been happening a lot lately with our 2012 Trilogy, a wine which is still available for purchase. Below are a couple of our favorite examples, find the complete list here.
“We are seeing much lower yields overall in the vineyards this year. This may be attributed to the sporadic spring weather we experienced, but may have more to do with the fact that the vines have produced above average yields for three years in a row now. Our newly planted vineyard blocks on the Winery Estate – Komes Ranch in Rutherford, as well as new plantings at our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville are experiencing a normal size crop given their age, which may support the latter scenario for the lower crop on our established vineyards. Other than making less wine, a low yielding crop can be a good thing from a quality perspective. Smaller berries, less competition to ripen can lead to more concentrated fruit and more color in the reds. Time will tell, but 2015 should prove to be another stellar harvest!”
Visit Napa Valley, a leading Napa Valley travel website, recently released their list of top tasting rooms in the Napa Valley – and we are pleased to announce that The Room was included.
“The valley is vast with wineries that are spread out over the 30-mile length of the valley, so deciding which wineries to visit and how to get there can be a bit of a challenge…These are some of our favorite.”
Flora Springs – The Room “is a friendly, relaxed tasting room with limited production, winery-only wine available for sampling. The space features a picnic area and rooftop lounge.” Read more.
“During flowering it is not unusual to have some clusters on the same vine more advanced than others. However, the less mature clusters typically catch up to a point where the vine is relatively homogenous. Due to the cooling trend we experienced in May, it created a situation where the clusters that were set, have advanced even during the cooling trend, but the clusters that have not set, have been much more delayed creating a greater separation in maturity. Below is a photo I took in our Hillside Reserve Cabernet vineyard – You will see the cluster on the left side is set w/ a fair amount of growth, while the clusters on the right are still flowering and have not yet completed set. We are now in a warming trend as it hit the mid 90’s yesterday, so that should get things moving to complete set, and allow those clusters that were behind to catch up. We will monitor random vines to ensure that maturity is consistent as the growing season progresses.”
The new logo, labels and packaging are designed to more clearly convey key messages about our 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,” says Nat Komes, third generation vintner and general manager of Flora Springs. “Through imagery and words we’re communicating what makes Flora Springs special — the values that have been important to our family since we established our winery estate in 1978.”
The new logo features an updated, classicized image of Flora emerging from a pool of natural springs, holding aloft a cluster of grapes and supported by the tagline ‘Napa Valley Family Estate.’
“Flora has always been our icon, created in honor of my mother who inspired the founding of the winery,” says John Komes, Flora Springs’ founder, president and proprietor. “The new image underscores Flora Springs’ role as a Napa Valley grape grower as well as winemaker, while the water at Flora’s feet symbolizes the natural springs which nourish the vineyards surrounding our estate.”
The new labels will be introduced with the 2014 vintage white wines and 2013 vintage red wines as they are released throughout 2015.
We’ve dedicated countless hours — and poured our hearts — into developing our new labels. View our latest video for a behind-the-scenes look at the intensive process.
On February 7th, we celebrated our 13th annual Trilogy Release Party. Thanks to you, it was our biggest and best yet!
On Facebook, one guest shared, “The BEST party in the Valley! Thank you Flora Springs for the great hospitality!!” While @phildl22 tweeted, “What a great day yesterday at Flora Springs’ Trilogy release! Fantastic friends at a beautiful venue.”
Watch our 2012 Trilogy Release Party Video to catch a glimpse of you and your friends…
“Our family and team work diligently to make sure everybody has as much fun as we do. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope to see you next year,” says General Manager Nat Komes.
Save the date for our 2013 Trilogy Release Party – February 6, 2016 – and stay tuned for details!