Great Tastes Newsletter
Welcome Great Tastes members. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Wine Club shipment wines in your Notes.
2018 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2018 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc
"Most people don’t know this, but when my grandparents bought the property that became Flora Springs there were two Ghost Wineries on it. One my father, John, converted into a winery; the other he spent years renovating, eventually making it his home. Our 2018 Ghost Winery Malbec sports a new label with an illustration of my parents’ home which was once the Charles Brockhoff Winery. Abandoned during Prohibition and used solely for storage until 1977..."
2016 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon & 2019 Solioquy
"As my wife and I sheltered in place this spring, we found great solace, and conversation, through sharing a bottle of wine. And it certainly made those Zoom calls with the relatives go more quickly! I hope you’ve been able to enjoy some Flora Springs wines in the last several weeks and months, and that they’ve brought you closer to friends and family. Take care, and as always, thank you for supporting our small, family-owned winery..."
2017 Petit Verdot & 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet
"Napa Valley is known all over the world for its Cabernet Sauvignons. Our family produced its first Cabernet in 1979, but it wasn’t until the 1980 vintage that we released one to the market. Back then, a lot of wineries insisted on aging their Cabs in 100% new oak. They believed that in order to compete with French wines, especially Bordeaux, they had to create Cabernets that would hold for 15 to 20 years. But after about five years, most wineries found out that the fruit was gone..."
2017 Trilogy & 2019 Pinot Grigio
"I hope you were able to join us at the 2017 Trilogy Release Party. It’s a tradition at Flora Springs that we look forward to almost as much as the holiday season, bringing together our extended family, our entire staff, and club members from near and far. I’m always excited – and humbled – by members who plan weekend getaways or even entire vacations around the Trilogy Release Party. It means so much to us to be a part of your lives and celebrations..."
2017 Napa Valley Merlot & 2017 Poggio del Papa
"Welcome to a New Year and a new decade! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the dawn of a new millennium. The vintages do fly by.
2020 promises to be an exciting year at Flora Springs, with the release of many new wines and lots of fun events for our Great Tastes club members. We’ll kick it off with our annual Trilogy Release Party at The Estate on Saturday, February 1st, and this is a shindig you don’t want to miss. I’ve had many Wine Club members tell me this is the best winery party they attend all year, and I take that as a compliment and also a challenge to outdo ourselves each time..."
2016 Holiday Blend - Gingerbread Estate & 2016 Holiday Blend - Silver Bells
"My grandmother Flora loved sending and receiving holiday cards. I have fond memories of her sitting at her dining table with a seemingly endless stack of cards in which she’d handwrite personal notes to family and friends both near and far. And the cards she received were always proudly displayed in a long garland placed over the fireplace mantel.
I like to think of our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles as an extension of Flora’s holiday card tradition, an annual custom we undertake exclusively for our Wine Club members. It’s one of my favorite projects each year..."
2017 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2017 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc
"What happens at night in our Ghost Winery? Is that when the spirits come out? One of our cellar workers won’t go up to the second floor after dark…he was spooked once and that was enough for him. The label on our 2017 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc reflects my imaginings on this topic. I collaborated with comic book artist Steve Ellis, who created an eerie depiction of our Ghost Winery at full moon during harvest..."
2018 Soliloquy & 2015 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon
"Have you ever had a wine and then later on, you just can't get it off your mind? That's the premise behind the 2018 Soliloquy in your shipment. 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..."
2016 Petit Verdot & 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
"Like all small family-owned businesses, when the Komes-Garvey family holds a family reunion some of it occurs around a conference table where we discuss the future of the winery. But the really important part – the time we renew our familial ties and celebrate what binds us together – happens elsewhere. Recently I hosted a family reunion here at the Estate, with aunts, uncles and cousins arriving from near and far for a party that extended into the wee hours. It was gratifying to see my extended family enjoy this place that our grandmother, Flora, loved so much. There was a little magic in the air that evening, and I know she would have approved..."
2016 Trilogy & 2018 Pinot Grigio
"Lion dancing, living statues, incredible food, live music – there was something for everyone at our 2016 Trilogy Release Party in February! But my favorite part was the great compliments our family and winemakers received about the newest vintage of Trilogy. For all of us, it’s the opinion of club members like you that counts more than anything; it makes what we do worthwhile. I hope you were able to join us at the party, but if not, the 2016 Trilogy in this shipment will make you feel like you did. Stilt walker not included..."
2016 Napa Valley Merlot & 2016 Poggio Del Papa
"Since 1980 when we produced our first vintage of Merlot, we’ve always admired the varietal for what it offers: approachable, fruit-forward flavors, a round, plush texture and a ready-to-drink profile. Today, the quality of Merlot is higher than ever, especially in Napa Valley, which, according to Wine Spectator’s Kim Marcus, “is by far the variety’s powerhouse appellation.” (November 30, 2018) Brag alert: Did you happen to see the photo of my dad, John Komes, in this issue of the Wine Spectator?..."