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2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc

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Sourced from our Soliloquy Vineyard in the heart of the famed Oakville Appellation, our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is quintessential Flora Springs, underscoring our appreciation for tradition, devotion to innovation, and responsible stewardship of our land. Each year, we work hard to craft an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits bright fruit and acidity with a refined minerality. In order to retain this varietal’s vibrant, fruit-forward character, we hand pick 100% of our grapes and press whole fruit clusters. We then ferment and age the resulting wine in a combination of vessels—mostly concrete and stainless steel tanks along with a small number of oak barrels that have been coopered specifically for our Sauvignon Blanc. We’ve found that these different types of vessels add to the complexity of the wine.

The flavor profile for our 2012 vintage exhibits Asian pear and orange blossom with hints of rose petal and lingering notes of lime and lemongrass. This is an extremely versatile wine that can be enjoyed by itself or paired with an array of dishes—from chilled asparagus to spinach salad with mandarin orange wedges.

All the Facts

Varietal:100% Sauvignon Blanc (53% Soliloquy clone, 47% Musque clone)
Cases Produced:3350
Aging:7 months in a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks, and oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price:$25
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2015 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

Our two-block Soliloquy Vineyard—planted entirely to Sauvignon Blanc—is named for our proprietary clone that has been certified by UC Davis as the “Soliloquy” Sauvignon Blanc clone. During the 2012 growing season, the Vineyard enjoyed ideal growing conditions. The daytime temperatures, averaging over 85°, and cool evenings, led to perfect ripening conditions. We harvested both blocks during the second week of September.

90 points
Smooth and ripe with melon, spice and rich flavors; juicy, fresh and complex with depth and style; generous and long."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel

Named One of Napa's Best

"This St. Helena winery has long had a fondness for the grape, down to maintaining this particular vineyard with a mix of its own unique clone and heady musqué. Again, the mix of steel, barrel and concrete pays off: It's ripe and fragrant, full of lily and grapefruit, plus slightly sweet tangerine and peach fruit."
- Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle

TOP PICK: Flora Springs
"A sassy sauvignon blanc with zesty aromas and flavors. Notes of lemongrass, lime and pear, with a crisp finish. Tangy."
- Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Wine of the Week

"This SB has a nice nose of floral, pear fruit and orange citrus. It is rich on the palate with a refreshing finish. The grapes are hand-picked and whole cluster pressed; fermentation takes place in a number of vessels for complexity, including stainless steel, concrete and a small amount of oak barrels."
- Catherine Seda, St. Helena Star

Vinography Unboxed: Week of August 11, 2013
"Palest greenish gold in color, this wine smells of cold cream and tropical fruit cocktail. In the mouth, mixed tropic fruit flavors have a nice lean underbelly to them with a distinct mineral tone to them along with a nice floral character. Decent acidity."  Score: around 8.5. Read more here.
- Alder Yarrow, Vinography

Top Tier Wine

"Delicate aromas of citrus, pear and rose water, with floral notes and lime zest on the palate. Medium bodied and balanced over a fine acidity."

- Santé Magazine, Fall 2013

Wine Writer's Top Picks
"...clean and crisp with a softer finish on the palate..."
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- Bob Hosman, City & Shore magazine, October 5, 2013

89 points
Wine Advocate
"Two impressive dry whites from Flora Springs include the iconic 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Soliloquy Vineyard, which has been produced each year since 1989. Made from a single clone of Sauvignon Blanc grown in the heart of Oakville (Cabernet Sauvignon country for sure), this crisp Sauvignon reveals notes of lemon grass, lime oil, grapefruit and a hint of orange skin. This distinctive, light to medium-bodied white with zesty acidity appears to be a synthesis in style between a French Loire Valley and New Zealand Sauvignon. Drink this beauty over the next several years."—Robert Parker

Whites to Welcome Spring
"I love that so much care goes into this wine, starting from its inception to the final product, and it shows in the quality and value of the wine.  Estate vineyard designation, made from their proprietary Soliloquy clone and the unique Musque clone, hand harvested and whole fruit clusters pressed, along with aged and fermented in a variety of vessels to get the ultimate finished product!

This wine shows layers of bright, exotic pear and orange citrus fruit; the moderate amount of acidity makes it easy enough to drink on its own (even if it is not a hot summer day yet) and a perfect pairing for variety of foods.  A top pick for getting us back into the summer drinking mode."

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- Jenny Benzie
Head Sommelier + CEO, Pour Sip Savor

Gold Star
"Pleasing floral notes open to aromas of grapefruit, pear, tangerine, and lemongrass. Clean on the palate, with white peach, ripe apple, and pear, over light herbal and mineral notes. Clean, crisp, and refreshing finish." Read more.