Grapes for this heady Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from three of the most prestigious appellations in Napa Valley: Oakville, Rutherford, and Saint Helena. As in previous vintages, we press off a portion of our grapes early to minimize skin contact and retain the bright fruit forward character of the fruit. The balance is then left on the skins for an extended period of time to extract tannins which round out the mid-palate and create a lovely long finish.
Chocolate-covered cherries, Herbes de Provence, fresh boysenberries, and a hint of tarragon waft from the glass to the nose. Deeply rich, provocative flavors of black licorice, rhubarb, and Asian plum round out the palate. This is a full-bodied wine yet its soft supple tannins lend to a silky smooth finish. Barbecue skewers and grilled vegetables would pair beautifully with this big, expressive wine.
|Varietal:||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Aging:||22 months, 60% French Oak, 40% American Oak|
|Suggested Retail Price:||$40|
|Enjoyability:||Drink now through 2020 for optimum enjoyment.|
Across Napa Valley, a relatively cool, wet spring was followed by a mild summer and a harvest that extended well into November. The cold spring weather hampered fruit set, reducing crop by as much as 50% or more in some vineyard blocks. A rain in late October delayed harvest and further reduced our crop yield. However, our close, daily attention to the vineyard—opening up canopies for better sun exposure and air flow, and thinning sub-optimum fruit to focus vine energy on the very best clusters—resulted in a low yield of exceptional quality fruit with highly concentrated flavors.
"What a nice wine for drinking now. It's softly tannic and rich, with fine acidity giving a clean raciness to the ripe blackberries, blueberries and mocha notes."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year Issue
Wine of the Week Mention
"A bright cabernet with great structure. Complex, with layered notes of cherry, rhubarb, chocolate and licorice. Firm tannins. Edgy." Read more here.
- Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat
Weekend Wine Notes
"Intense ruby-purple color; broad and generous scents and flavors of black currants, black cherries and plums; deeply spicy and minerally, woven with iodine and iron and graphite; touches of walnut shell and wheatmeal in the oak and tannins that impose real structure on the wine; still, this is sleek and elegant, with beguiling hints of lavender, black olives and cedar; long, fairly tight finish. Try from 2015 or ’16 through 2020 to ’25. Excellent."
- Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head
"Bright and fruity on the nose with lovely lift to the red plum, smoky oak, coriander, mineral and smoky paprika and dried pork aromas. Smells like cabernet and really good lomo. Bright and pinched on entry with lovely fruit tannins early on the palate. This is awfully young and a bit compressed today but it feels rather lively and bright, and perhaps a smidge under-ripe in the world of modern cabernet, which is fine by me. Not a powerhouse and rather transparent on the palate with some mineral edges and a nicely judged base of wood supporting the fruit along with some peppery and floral nuances. This is young, a bit simple and with slightly unripe tannins but at the same time it’s fresh and bright and pretty easy to drink. Not for everyone but lovely in its own right."
- Gregory Del Piaz, Snooth
By the Bottle
"Everyone's favorite Cab at a recent dinner party features excellent fruit, fine complexity, spot-on balance and mild tannins."
- Northern Arizona Mountain Living magazine
Wine: Reviews, Thoughts & Culture
"Deep, dark fruit aromas emerge from the nose of this Nape Valley Cabernet. A bit of pleasing green herb and black cherry flavors are apparent through the deep and layered palate. Bramble, black tea and a hint of blackberry are all present as well. Chocolate covered cherry characteristics lead the finish along with chicory and black pepper. This quintessential Napa Cabernet is lush and generous with medium tannins and a lengthy finish. It’s drinks well today, particularly after an hour or so of air. However it will improve over the next couple of years and drink well for the next 8 or 9.
When it comes to Cabernet in Napa you can spend just about any dollar figure you want. At a retail of $40 this one over delivers. Flora Springs continues to make real Napa Valley wines from organically grown fruit in the heart of the valley, check them out; your taste buds will thank you."
- Gabe Sasso, Gabe's View
"Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of rich black cherry and tobacco with a hint of chocolate. In the mouth, beautifully bright cherry and tobacco flavors mix with espresso and wet earth in a gorgeously balanced package. Supple, velvety tannins linger through the finish with just the faintest hint of green bell pepper and crushed herbs. Lovely. 14.2% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5."
- Alder Yarrow, Vinography