Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is Napa Valley history in a bottle. In 1980, at a time when Chardonnay was the true ambassador for wines from California, Flora Springs began its reign as one of the great Chardonnays from Napa Valley. Disregarding trends, Flora Springs continues to craft its Barrel Fermented Chardonnay in a style that has inspired white wine producers and created loyal Chardonnay connoisseurs for the last 30 years.
This year's vintage evokes the summer with sun-ripened white peaches, lemon, orange, and key lime pie most prevalent in the nose. Warm nectarines, kumquats, and toasted hazelnut round out the palate while the finish conveys a Burgundian wet stone character.
|Aging:||9 months (42% French oak barrels 25% American oak barrels, 33% concrete barrels)|
|Suggested Retail Price:||$35|
|Enjoyability:||Drink now through 2015 for optimum enjoyment.|
The long running success of our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is dependent on four of our select, sustainably farmed vineyards: Lavender Hill and Sunset Knoll in Carneros, Crossroads Ranch in Oakville, and Patrick & Julia in St. Helena. Located near Conn Creek and the Napa River, the Crossroads Ranch vineyard presents a nearly perfect climate for Chardonnay with afternoon breezes and cool morning fog playing ideal bookends to the long warm days of summer. Grapes sourced from here provide winemaker Paul Steinauer with the perfect building blocks to create our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. He adds sweet fruit flavors from our Patrick & Julia vineyard and the structured bright acidity from our Lavender Hill and Sunset Knoll vineyards to create a supple Chardonnay with complexity and elegance.
The Press Democrat's Wine of the Week
"...it's a striking wine with a lush texture. It's complex, with layered flavors of pear, apple, mango and honey. It's balanced with nice acidity, and yet rich with a lingering finish."
- Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat
Read more here, and find a recommended food pairing and recipe here.
"Lush and rich with notes of barrel ferment and ripe pear fruit; complex, elegant and balanced."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel magazine
"Fresh, with clean and snappy flavors of apple and pear, ending with a dash of honey-laced notes and cedary oak details. Drink now. 950 cases made." —James Laube
"Aromas of lemon curd and baking spices are lithe and lovely, with notes of white flowers, clove, and melon. Flavors of baked apple, melon, cinnamon, vanilla, and white-blossomed flowers are edged with a hint of smoke and flint. Eventually, the palate evolves in the direction of orange and lime, but very subtly, and then resolves with delicate creme brûlée. Well-made, balanced, and beautiful. Drink now - 2018." —Brian Freedman, The Food, Drink & Travel Report
The Wine Advocate
"This venerable winery owned by the Komes and Garvey families has turned out an attractive, crisp, citrusy, medium-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented. The oak is pushed to the background, and the wine exhibits lots of fresh, lively nectarine and tangerine flavors. Consume it over the next 3-4 years."
—Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate