Excitement and animation are bursting at Flora Springs at the release of two excellent varietals.
“I am particularly thrilled about our Soliloquy 2013 sanvignon blanc,” said winery general manager Nat Komes. “It is from Oakville, from a vineyard that could easily have been replanted to cabernet long ago. The Komes family has kept it in sauvignon blanc; in part to protect the unique Soliloquy clone they found there.”
One of the reasons for this amazing varietal ($25) is the near perfect growing season, with long, sunny days, cool evenings and no heat spikes or damaging rain.
After hand picking the grapes, winemakers ferment and age the wine in a combination of containers – stainless steel and concrete tanks and a small number of oak barrels and stainless steel drums.
The reward is what’s in the finished wine: 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.
Flora Springs 2012 Napa Valley Merlot ($25) comes from the winery’s sustainably farmed estate in St. Helena, Rutherford and Pope Valley. Blending fruit from these three growing regions create a multi-faceted wine with notes of red, black and blue fruits in addition to a myriad of spices and lush flavors.
It is bursting with ripe black cherry, black licorice flavors with dollops of cinnamon and vanilla cream. But wait, there’s a furtive granite minerality with a toasty oak picture in the finish. It can be paired with a wide selection of dishes, it’s dynamic profile make it a great match for almost anything a cabernet sauvignon would be paired with, such as a grilled steak or meat-sauced pasta.