Sourced from our Soliloquy Vineyard in the heart of the famed Oakville Appellation, our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc underscores our family’s appreciation of tradition, devotion to innovation, and responsible stewardship of the 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—including stainless steel and concrete tanks and a small number of oak barrels and stainless steel drums. We’ve found that using different types of aging vessels increases the complexity and depth of the wine.
The aromatic 2013 vintage exhibits star-fruit, kiwi, candied lemon peel and lime zest with underlying hints of rosewater and ginger root. The palate is bright and fresh, with a gentle minerality and tangy citrus notes, lemongrass and a whiff of wet stone. This is a medium-bodied wine with the elegance and finesse to stand on its own, yet the weight and texture to be paired with light grilled fare and main course salads.
|Varietal:||100% Sauvignon Blanc (57% Soliloquy clone, 43% Musque clone)|
|Aging:||7 months in a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks, oak barrels and stainless steel drums|
|Suggested Retail Price:||$25|
|Enjoyability:||Drink now through 2016 for optimum enjoyment.|
Our two-block Soliloquy Vineyard—planted entirely to Sauvignon Blanc—is named for Flora Springs’ proprietary clone, certified by the University of California, Davis as the “Soliloquy” Sauvignon Blanc clone. In Napa Valley the 2013 growing season was near perfect, with long, sunny days, cool evenings, and no heat spikes or rain events to speak of. The daytime temperatures, averaging over 85°, coupled with the cool evenings made for ideal growing conditions. Our Sauvignon Blanc was handpicked at optimal ripeness in September.
Wine of the Week
St. Helena Star
"This single vineyard sauvignon blanc ($25) not only shows off the Soliloquy vineyard fruit but also reminds us that some great sauvignon blanc comes from the Oakville appellation.
The wine is just what we need to combat the summer heat: a refreshing sip of sweet peach, pear, honeysuckle floral and lemon-lime, taking the temperature down a notch.
The very first Flora Springs Soliloquy sauvignon blanc was produced in 1989, and the clone, certified by UC Davis, takes the Soliloquy name.
For a crisp summer sip, this is your wine." Read more.
— Catherine Bugue, tasting panel writer - St. Helena Star
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel magazine
Vinography: A Wine Blog
"Near colorless in the glass, this wine smells of ripe apples and a hint of warm hay. In the mouth, ripe green and golden delicious apples have a crisp bite to them thanks to excellent acidity. A slightly spicy, habanero note lingers in the finish." Read more.
— Alder Yarrow, Vinography: A Wine Blog
The Augusta Chronicle
"This fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc shows an amazing depth and complexity. One of the ways the winery helps the complexity along is by aging it for seven months in a variety of vessels. Some grapes go in stainless steel tanks, some in concrete tanks, some in oak barrels and some in stainless steel drums.
The wine begins with aromas of lemon peel and lime zest with hints of ginger. The palate is full of bright, fresh notes with citrus and lemongrass leading to a crisp minerality.
This medium-bodied wine finishes with plenty of elegance and finesse." Read more.
— Dennis Sodomka, Columnist, The Augusta Chronicle
We’re Toasting: Summertime Wines
"This crisp and light Sauvignon Blanc with balanced acidity and ripe citrus fruit is ideal for welcoming guests to your home on a hot summer evening. Flora Springs in Napa Valley sources the fruit from the Soliloquy vineyard in Oakville, and follow the family’s practice of respecting tradition, devotion to innovation, and responsible stewardship of the land. Aged 7 months in a combination of oak, cement tanks and stainless steel, there is a nice roundness to the wine, adding depth to the layers of citrus, lychee and kiwi notes." Read more and watch the segment on The Broadcast, KTXD-TV.
— Hayley Hamilton, DallasUncorked.com
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Young and fresh with light but evident notes of grasses, melons and citrus, this attractive Sauvignon Blanc will please all except those who want unbridled greenness in their wines. It is a touch viscous in underlying texture but is keenly balanced by pert, racy acidity, and its mix of supple and vitality, tied to inviting fruit, is going to hold it in good stead for years to come if you, like us, are inclined to let wines like this age into greater complexity. It will easily handle three to five years of cellaring, and, like the best of its breed, could last even longer."
Cliff's Wine Picks
"The wine is a light yellow with a slight green tint. The fresh and inviting nose has apples, lime, chalky minerals, grapefruit zest, white pepper and lemon zest. This has medium body with crisp citrusy acidity. On the palate tart green apples, minerals and lime grab hold first with grapefruit coming in on the back end. The finish has good length with a hint of white pepper popping out before crisp, refreshing lemon zest leaves your mouth watering for another sip. This is a very nice, easy to drink Sauvignon Blanc that will pair nicely with lighter fare but also easy to drink on its own on a warm day." Read more.
— Clifford Brown, Cliff's Wine Picks
What's the buzz about Flora Springs?
"...this aromatic selection presents kiwi, lemon peel and lime zest with subtle hints of rosewater and ginger. The flavors are bright and crisp with tangy citrus and lemongrass. Drink now through 2015 for dazzling enjoyment." Read more.
—Julia Hollister, Examiner.com
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San Jose Mercury News
"The wine is fresh and persistent, with melon, citrus and a touch of creaminess." Read more.
—Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News
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The Daily Meal: All Things Food and Drink
"I tasted some red fruit notes in here, unusual for a white — rare, even — along with the more standard green herbal flavors typical of some styles of sauvignon, plus lots of refreshing minerality. It has a soft body, but a nice, tight finish." Read more.
—Roger Morris, TheDailyMeal.com
Gold Medal, The Fifty Best California Sauvignon Blancs
"With a slight bit of mineral and a whisper of coconut, along with lemon and lime, there are several flavors seeping through here in varying degrees. It's not overly acidic at all. This is a single-vineyard wine from an excellent winery." Read more.
—Marc Bona, Cleveland.com