Harvest 2018: Update #3 from Winemaker Paul Steinauer

October 10, 2018

Looking out across the Flora Springs Estate on this warm and sunny day, one would never know that fires were ravaging through parts of the Napa Valley just a year ago. From our vantage point, all appears to be as it always has been – green, lush and beautiful as always…something we often take for granted, but something we were reminded last year, that we shouldn’t.

Napa Valley Grape Harvest

As noted in previous updates, we didn’t have a crystal ball but we completed harvest on October 7th last year – the day before the fires began. This year, we are currently about one-third of the way through harvest. Last year we experienced several heat waves that sped things up a bit, while this year we have experienced a nice, consistent temperature range. We did see a small amount of rain last week, but fortunately it came and went without any effect on the vineyards.

In regards to harvest dates, people often ask, “Is this an average harvest?” or “Is this a “normal harvest?” However, “average” and “normal” are not necessarily synonymous. Average is a term that can be quantified. That is, if you have four decades of harvest dates, you can simply divide by 40 and find your average harvest date. But, normal depends on who you ask – and how long they have been farming grapes, and the conditions in which they have been doing it.

As you know may know, we sell a lot of our fruit to other wineries. Some of the newer wineries have only experienced harvests during the drought years, so their version of normal has been marked with early harvest dates and early completion dates. But if you ask someone who has been around for a while, you’ll hear a different definition of normal. Prior to 2008 for instance, very seldom – if ever, were grapes harvested before Labor Day, and seldom – if ever – was harvest completed before Halloween. So while we are only one-third of the way through harvest, it’s really more of the “normal” for us, if you don’t take into account the recent years of drought.

We have completed harvesting most all of our whites at this point: 100% of Pinot Grigio, 100% of Chardonnay and 96% of Sauvignon Blanc. We left a small amount of our Sauvignon Blanc on the vine to make a late harvest wine.

We will have pressed off all of the reds we have received thus far – Merlot and Sangiovese – prior to harvesting our next grapes on Monday. We will be receiving the first of our Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon starting next week.

Flavors are really starting to develop in the vineyard, and we’re looking forward to making some outstanding wines with what Mother Nature delivers!

Ghost Winery Tasting at The Room

October 1, 2018

It’s no secret that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and it’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past. October 1 – October 31, join us at The Room for a frightful good time.

Enjoy an exclusive tasting of our seasonal, winery-only Halloween wines that will send shivers down your spine, including our limited-production 2016 Ghost Winery Malbec.

Learn more about visiting The Room.

Flora Springs’ Paranormal Ghost Winery Tour Featured in Wine Spectator

September 27, 2018

Note: The following article was originally published in the Wine Spectator on September 27, 2018 and can be found here.

Paranormal Activity at ‘Ghost Winery’

Ghost Winery Halloween Napa Valley
“…But if you missed the chance to commune with Napa’s dead last weekend at the St. Helena Cemetery, fear not: There are plenty more spectral vintners doomed to roam the terroir for all time (it’s been said some Napa winemakers even sold their souls), and not a few so-called “ghost wineries” they’re thought to haunt. The old Rennie Brothers Winery, completed in 1900, is one—the once-thriving wine factory sat derelict through Prohibition before its rebirth as Flora Spring Estate. On Oct. 28, the winery is bringing in local paranormal investigators/Napa history fiends Ellen MacFarlane and Devin Sisk, who most recently appeared together on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, to lead a haunted tour and wine lunch in the old stone cellars and caves. “As one of the few remaining Napa Valley ‘ghost wineries,’ we are constantly reminded that there are phantoms and spirits who walked here before us,” noted general manager Nat Komes to Unfiltered.

As in past years, Flora Springs is also releasing a set of Halloween-themed wines…with limited-edition label art from painters and illustrators: All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc, Ghost Winery Malbec, Black Moon Cabernet Sauvignon and Drink in Peace Merlot (glow-in-the-dark label; comes in coffin-shaped gift box) are a few representative treats.”


Helpful Links:
Book your Paranormal Ghost Winery Tour at The Estate – October 28, 2018, only 30 spots available
Check out our Halloween Wines
Learn more about our Ghost Winery history

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…

August 29, 2018

This past weekend, we took Wine Club Members and Flora fans to watch the San Francisco Giants as they took the win over the Texas Rangers.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day at AT&T Park. Guests enjoyed the weather and stunning city and bay views from the McCovey Cove Portwalk and Triples Alley where we hosted a rousing pre-game party – complete with a posh buffet of ballpark favorites and plenty of Flora Springs wine, including our highly-acclaimed 2015 Trilogy.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us – you made it a grand-slam day!

Interested in attending our next game? Be sure to join our mailing list and you’ll receive invitations to all of our events, as well as priority notice of exclusive offers and access to wines made in limited quantities or available only at the winery.

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

2017 Soliloquy – An Evolution in Style

August 21, 2018

Soliloquy White Wine Flora Springs Winery Napa Valley

History of Soliloquy

  • The Komes-Garvey family has spent thirty years nurturing our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville where our proprietary Soliloquy clone of Sauvignon Blanc is planted.
  • The Soliloquy clone is unique to Flora Springs, certified by UC Davis as distinctive and unlike more common Sauvignon Blanc clones in Napa Valley.
  • Flora Springs admires the clone for its purity of flavor, and has preserved it in a block that is easily the finest in the Crossroads Vineyard.
  • Our 2017 Soliloquy is an evolution of this wine, the upshot of vineyard experience and winemaking innovation.
  • The wine is the result of five years of winemaking trials as we experimented with a variety of blending, fermentation and aging techniques to create the best possible Soliloquy.
  • The 2017 is unlike anything we have made before: a wine with our Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc at its core, blended with portions of Chardonnay and Malvasia for an intriguing and thoroughly modern white wine.
  • With a nod to our history of innovation, Soliloquy is a wine worthy of its portfolio companion, our flagship red wine blend, Trilogy.

Winemaking Techniques

  • In 2017, we used two kinds of yeast, fermenting and aging the Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc in large wood oval casks to minimize exposure to oak and preserve the wine’s fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity.
  • The Chardonnay comes to us from a new vineyard in the south Napa Oak Knoll district. We fermented these small lots in French oak barrels, stirring the lees every two weeks to lend a creamy texture to the wine.
  • We sourced Malvasia – an aromatic varietal rarely grown in California – from a small vineyard in Russian River Valley. We fermented this lot in stainless steel and aged it in seasoned French oak.
  • Only 300 cases were made

Tasting Notes

Our 2017 Soliloquy is a complex, multi-layered white wine blend offering bright flavors of grapefruit, lime, fresh apricot, and yellow peach along with distinctive floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and white gardenia. The Chardonnay anchors the wine with a soft, round mouthfeel, but this richness is balanced with the crisp acidity, bright flavors and minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc and the uplifting, aromatic tones of the Malvasia. A worthy companion to Trilogy, this is a mouthfilling, rich and layered wine with vivid, forward fruit, a pleasant creamy mid-palate and a long, smooth floral/spicy finish. Learn more about this unique wine.

Note: The infamous wildfires that swept through Napa Valley started on October 8, 2017, just one day after Flora Springs had completed its harvest. Grapes for our 2017 Soliloquy had already been picked and fermented by this date. Read more about the 2017 harvest and fires.

2017 Trilogy Update

July 24, 2018

One of the interesting facets of Trilogy is that at any one time we are working with two to three vintages…sometimes more. For instance, our 2015 Trilogy is the current release. While the winemaking for that vintage is complete, we are still shipping that wine out to customers on a daily basis.

2015 Trilogy Napa Valley Red Wine

Meanwhile the 2016 Trilogy is just about to be bottled. We’ve moved it out of our caves where it’s been resting for the past 12 months, and while our winemaking team puts the final tweaks on the blend, our cellar crew is moving the wine from barrel to tank to ready it for bottling. After that the cases will move to our warehouse where they’ll wait for the February 2019 release.

That leaves our 2017, the Trilogy that is still making its way through the winemaking process. It’s had a busy few months! We picked the grapes for that wine in late September and early October. After primary fermentation in our tank room, the wine was moved to another building where it underwent malolactic fermentation, a process that every red wine (and some white wines) undergo. From there, the 2017 wines were racked (moved) into barrels and placed in our barrel warehouse. Most recently, now that the 2016 vintage has been moved from the caves, the 2017 was given one more racking and then took its place as the current Trilogy in our aging caves. It will rest there until we blend and bottle it next summer.

Wine Caves Barrels

One thing to note is that during all this time all the varietals and vineyard lots for Trilogy are kept separate, so the 2017 “Trilogy” is now simply a series of components in barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We still don’t know which varietals or vineyard components will make it into the final blend, although our winemaking team is starting to form some ideas. One thing we do know is that Winemaker Paul Steinauer is really excited about the 2017 vintage. “All of the red components are showing beautifully right now, with deep color, great aroma and rich, concentrated flavour. We have a lot to work with here.” The team will get serious about blending decisions for the 2017 vintage later this year, after they’ve finished the 2018 harvest and brought in the grapes for our 2018 Trilogy!

Four 93s – and More – for Trilogy

July 18, 2018

Trilogy Wine Awards Accolades Reviews

 

Since the founding of Flora Springs Winery in 1978, it’s been our family’s goal is to over-deliver on every aspect of our business, particularly when it comes to the quality and consistency of our wines.

It means the world to us when our customers recognize these efforts by celebrating life’s big moments, and simple daily joys, with our wines.

With every delighted Wine Club Member and every customer compliment, we know we are still on the right path.

It’s also rewarding when the wine writers, reviewers, and bloggers notice our wines. And they sure are noticing the 2015 vintage of Trilogy – with four fabulous 93 point awards from top publications. While we’ll always believe that everyone should decide on their own whether they like a wine or not, great scores, awards, and reviews are always appreciated – thank you.


93 points, The Wine Advocate
“A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy offers up aromas of cassis, blackberries and black cherries with hints of vanilla, chocolate and baking spices. Full-bodied, concentrated, expressive and open for business, it’s spicy and velvety in the mouth with a long finish.”
—Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, October 2017


93 points, James Suckling
“Hot stones, oyster shell, ripe stems, pressed violets and nutmeg. Full-bodied with round, ripe tannins that are structured and dense, fine acidity and a fruit-forward finish. A blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2020.”
—James Sucking, December 2017


93 points, Blue Lifestyle
“Lush and rich with smooth texture and lush plum and berry fruit; dense and rich, deep and showing promise for aging.”
—Anthony Dias Blue, January 2018


93 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine, April 2018


91 points & Best of Class, California State Fair, April 2018


90 points, Wine Enthusiast, April 2018


90 points, San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge, April 2018


90 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“On the basis of its ripe and fairly juicy, oak-sweetened aromas, it is easy enough to anticipate that this one will be rounded, ready-to-drink wine, but, if its initially up-front flavors are in fact fruity and very inviting in a way that distantly recalls good Merlot, it is all Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of its youthful tannins and obvious tactile grip. It is not ominously astringent, but it is firmly built and will take some time to make good on the promise of polish at which it now hints, and, while it warrants no less than three or four years of patience, we see it evolving favorably for seven to ten.” April 2018


90 points, International Wine Report
“The 2015 Trilogy is an immense, ultra-modern Napa Valley red, composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petite Verdot which spent 18 months in 85% French oak and 15% American oak. It opens to profound aromatics of blackberry cobbler, crème de cassis, mocha, sweet spices, vanilla, sweet toasted oak and a touch of dusty notes all taking shape. Full-bodied, layered and intense on the palate, with profound depth and concentration. Ripe dark fruits and mocha flavors continue to resonate from its core, as it leads up to the long, mouth coating finish. Overall, this is a massive red, which should have at least a decade of evolution ahead…” Read more.
—J. D’Angelo, June 2018


Suggestions for rack restocking
The Tennessean
“Trilogy Red Wine, 2015, from Flora Springs was one of Napa’s first Bordeaux-style red blends—now it’s a classic. Trilogy is like purple in the glass (even the winemaker calls it decadent).”
—Steve Prati, May 30, 2018


25 Wines to Drink Now or Lay Down for the Future
The Daily Meal
“You always want to have a few bottles of wine on hand that you can drink whenever the occasion arises, whether for tonight’s dinner, when friends drop by, or for an impromptu party. On the other hand, it’s also nice to have a few bottles put away to drink in future years on special occasions…

A rich and delicious blend of mainly cabernet sauvignon with a little malbec and petit verdot, offering velvety flavors of blackberry and mulberry and a light oak accent.” Read more.
—Roger Morris, March 21, 2018


Samples that Inspire a Rallying Cry Moment
DallasWineChick.com
“This was an unctuous wine that was packed with fruit – blackberry, cassis, black cherry, plum, chocolate, mocha, cedar and vanilla. It was nuanced and had depth. I kept discovering new flavors as we sipped. It was absolutely delicious.” Read more. March 18, 2018


Use of oak affects fruit character of cabernet sauvignon
Capital Gazette
“Flora Springs was a pioneer in making a Bordeaux blend — its first was in 1984. It’s no surprise, then, that experience and good fruit sources makes them a leader in hedonistic blends. Extracted dark fruit flavors with hints of pepper, chocolate and vanilla. Round tannins suggest good things to come.” Read more.
—Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, February 21, 2018


There is 3x decadence in ‘Trilogy’
JuliatheWineExaminer.com
“Flora Springs has created a red Bordeaux blend that celebrates the incredible fusion of three varietals that define elegance. Your time swirling and sipping this incredible selection is long past due. This is bliss in a bottle…Open this seductive wine about 20 minutes before serving to allow aromas of Bing cherries, sweet cassis and blackberry to start the show. Then swirl and sip dark licorice, cola and cardamom flavors that explode on the palate and exit in a long, luxurious finish. Pour this “big” wine with “big” foods such as prime rib, bold burgers and meat laden pastas. Winemakers say this enticing, robust red wine can be enjoyed through the next decade; but why wait?” Read more. January 18, 2018


91+ points, Millennial Drinkers
“Deep and dark purplish ruby red. Layered nose with notes of vanilla bean, anise, cinnamon, cassis, blackberries and more baking spices. A little dark cocoa with some air. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full body potential. A little spicy on the palate with lots of red and black fruits. Notes of cinnamon and sweet spices too. Long and lingering finish. Still just a baby that will improve with a few months, even years in the bottle. Drink Dates: 2018 till 2030.” Read more. January 25, 2018


Rated: A, Drinkhacker
“This year’s Trilogy is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot. For 2015, Trilogy cuts a soulful, silky, and seductive profile, bursting at the seams with fruit both fresh and dried — plump currants, fresh plums, and dense blackberry notes. The fruit is so powerful the wine comes across as slightly sweet at times, and it cuts easily through any sense of tannin that might otherwise cling to the palate. As the finish evolves, bramble notes emerge alongside some gentle leather and tobacco, with an herbal, clove-heavy note percolating on the finish. Lots going on here, but at the same time, the wine is so easy to drink that it is, at times, hard to put down.” Read more. January 31, 2018


2015 Trilogy Review
Wine Weirdos, featuring Allison Levine of Please the Palate and the Napa Valley Register:


Learn more about the 2015 Trilogy.

Shipping Wine in Summer

July 16, 2018

Is it safe to ship wine in summer

Wine is a perishable product, and we want ours to arrive in perfect condition!

That means that we ship via Ground Service only to certain states at this time:
CA, CO, IL, ID, IA, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NM, SD, WA, WI, and WY

If you are shipping your order to a state not listed above, we have two options for you:

  1. Opt for expedited shipping. Rates for expedited service are only marginally higher than Ground Service.
  2. Opt for a summer shipping hold. We are happy to secure your order and hold it in our temperature-controlled cellar until it is cool enough in your state to safely ship via Ground Service. In some areas, that might be mid to late October. We will notify you before we ship your order.

Notes:
AZ and NV: We currently are not shipping to these states. Place your order now and we will hold your shipment until late-October.
AK and HI: We ship to these states via 2-Day Air Service only.

Sometimes it is too hot to safely ship wine to any state. If this is the case, we will process orders and hold shipments until the weather is more favorable. We will notify you if your order is subject to a weather hold.

Questions? Just give us a call at (800)-913-1118 or email info@florasprings.com.

Flora Springs Original Art Pop-up Shop

July 1, 2018

If you’ve attended one of our many events, be it a Wine Club gathering or our annual Trilogy Release Party, chances are you’ve had the opportunity to see some amazingly talented artists create large-scale artwork, right before your eyes. Now is your chance to acquire these one-of-a-kind pieces.

Plump Promise

Description: Depicting the promise of the coming harvest when the fruit is at its most juicy, Brett Crawford captures the grapes perfectly, and one can imagine how tasty they must be.

Specification: 1 Painted Canvas Panel, 8’ L x .25” W x 8’ H

Artist: Large-scale painter, metal sculptor, print maker, illustrator and street artist are a few of the titles California native Brett Crawford holds. His work can be found in galleries and on walls all over Los Angeles. His preferred medium for large works is spray paint, but he is versatile and not limited to one material.

 Aphrodite’s Blessing

Description: Aphrodite’s blessing serves to recognize the beauty and pleasure in life. This artwork is interesting as subliminal symbols are inlaid within the painting making it powerful as much as it is beautiful.

Specification: 1 Painted Canvas Panel, 8’ L x .25” W x 8’ H

Artist: Large-scale painter, metal sculptor, print maker, illustrator and street artist are a few of the titles California native Brett Crawford holds. His work can be found in galleries and on walls all over Los Angeles. His preferred medium for large works is spray paint, but he is versatile and not limited to one material.

Flower Power
Description: “Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…,” reminiscent of the 1967 song and the San Francisco Summer of Love. You can almost hear the song when admiring this chalk art piece by Sara Reddish.

Specification: 1 Painted Wood Panel with Chalk Art, 8’ L x 4” W x 8’ H

Artist: Founder of Arrow Art Studio in Napa Valley, Sarah Reddish specializes in calligraphy and letter work with designs that are cleanly styled with an elegant edge. She often works in less traditional materials like chalkboards, plexiglass, mirrors, butcher paper, and leather.

Butterfly Kisses
Description: Butterfly Kisses is a stunning artwork that is seductive in its expression. We love how her shoulders are draped in grape clusters, almost as if she is born of the vine.

Specification: 1 Painted Canvas, 8’ L x .25” W x 8’ H

Artist: Muralist Amandalynn is inspired by the female form and spirit, and commonly depicts strong, seductive women and illustrates their strength through line work and decorative patterning.

The Beauty of Trilogy

Description: There is an amazing amount of movement in The Beauty of Trilogy. Each woman represents one of the original three varietals used in Flora Springs first vintage of Trilogy – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Specification: 2 Wood Panels – 4’ L x 4” W x 8” H Each, Finished Size 8’ L x 4” W x 8’ H

Artist: Muralist Amandalynn is inspired by the female form and spirit, and commonly depicts strong, seductive women and illustrates their strength through line work and decorative patterning.

Peonies Prelude – SOLD!

Description: Beautiful and sensuous, Peonies Prelude is rich in color and captures a feminine energy that’s unique but consistent in many of Amandalynn’s paintings.

Specification: 1 Painted Canvas, 8’ L x .25” W x 8’ H

Artist: Muralist Amandalynn is inspired by the female form and spirit, and commonly depicts strong, seductive women and illustrates their strength through line work and decorative patterning.


Please note: The artwork is quite large. We recommend you make note of the specifications. Also, shipping is not included, however, we are happy to offer a recommendation on a shipping company if needed, or the art can be available for pick up at the winery.

Should you have any questions, please contact Elisa at (800) 913-1118 or email info@florasprings.com.

Dallas Wine Chick Says Our Sauvignon Blanc is a Spring and Summer Standout

June 10, 2018

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc White Wine Emoji

This wine had depth and layers. I kept discovering new things in the glass as I tasted. There was grapefruit, pear, nectarine, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, floral notes, brown sugar and it brought me back to remembering what I loved about the Orange Julius drink of my childhood. Flora Springs is also on a mission of creating a white wine emoji and has launched a “Where is the #WhiteWineEmoji” campaign. Because that should be a given! Why should red wine have all the fun?

Read the full blog post.

Learn more about our White Wine Emoji campaign and use #WhiteWineEmoji.

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