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2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes

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After thirty years of crafting world-renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The legacy began when our inaugural 1978 vintage was awarded a gold medal at the Orange County Fair. A few years later, James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of the "First Growth" producers of Chardonnay in his book California's Great Chardonnays.

Lush aromas of juicy white peach, ginger, and mandarin orange arrive first with lingering hints of cinnamon and nutmeg rounded out by Madagascar vanilla bean. On the palate, this beautifully balanced chardonnay is bright and crisp, evoking granny smith apples and passion fruit. An underlying creaminess - reminiscent of grandma's lemon custard - adds warmth to this crisp, refreshing Chardonnay. This is a lovely wine to sip by itself but would also pair beautifully with an Asian citrus salad.

All the Facts

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Cases Produced: 10,600
Aging: 34% French Oak barrels, 33% Oak ovals, 33% stainless steel tanks
Suggested Retail Price: $20
Enjoyability: Enjoy Now!

On the Vine

Our Napa Valley Chardonnay combines the enticing characteristics of three highly renowned growing regions in the Napa Valley: Oakville, Carneros, and St. Helena. Blending fruit from the warmer appellations on the valley floor and the cool, rolling hills of Carneros, allows us to craft a Chardonnay with great intensity and restraint. This bottling lets the bright acidity shine while celebrating the natural tropical fruit flavors found in grapes sourced from our sustainably farmed vineyards.

Wine Time
"Napa Valley produces exceptional Chardonnay, and Flora Springs has been winning medals with it since the first vintage in 1978. And at around $20 it is a steal.

The lure starts with lush aromas of peach, pear and apple with hints of spice. The wine is made in a lean style, with just a little oak influence, bringing flavors of green apples, tropical fruit and citrus. The crisp acidity is balanced by an underlying creaminess, creating a full, rich wine.
- Dennis Sodomka, The Augusta Chronicle

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Wine of the Week

"Sometimes you encounter a wine that gets everything right, in terms of impression, quality and price. Such a wine is the Flora Springs Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley. The winery was founded in 1978 on the site of an abandoned 19th Century “ghost winery” by Jerry and Flora Komes, though the real work of establishing the facility and vineyards went to their children John Komes and his wife Carrie and Julie Garvey and her husband Pat Garvey; now the third generation is poised to take command. Winemaker is Paul Steinauer. The Flora Springs Chardonnay 2012 aged in a thoughtful regimen of 34 percent French oak barrels, 33 percent larger oak “ovals” and 33 percent stainless steel. The color is pale straw-gold; the wine is fresh and clean, floral in the jasmine-honeysuckle range with notes of cloves; classic pineapple-grapefruit scents and flavors are full-blown yet not over-ripe; everything is poised in a model of balance and elegance. A supple and moderately lush texture envelopes slightly candied citrus flavors — add a tinge of quince and ginger — with deeper layers of limestone and flint minerality and crystalline acidity; the finish brings in a note of earthiness. This is winemaking at its most shimmering and jewel-like, the result a chardonnay of exquisite purity and intensity. 14.2 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2016 or ’17 with grilled or sauteed salmon or swordfish, with grilled shrimp, with tuna salad. Excellent...Terrific Value."
- Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head