Flora Spring of Napa Valley: Current Releases

Flora Springs is one of the Napa Valley’s storied wineries.  Located at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range in Napa Valley, it became famous in the 1990s, especially for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, its best known for its flagship wine, the Bordeaux blend Trilogy and the white blend Soliloquy. We review the current releases of these and other wines below. St. Helena native Paul Steinauer made the wines.

The 280 acre Flora Springs estate, formerly home to Louis Martini, was purchased by Jerry and Flora Komes in 1977. They established the winery at the urging of their children, John Komes and Julie Garvey, who have continued to run the winery with their spouses and children. Earlier this year, the families sold the Flora Springs estate to Daniel and Florence Cathard, who also own Château Smith-Haut Lafitte and other wineries in France.  However, the Komes and Garvey families retain ownership of the Flora Springs name as well as 200 acres of Napa Valley vineyards.

The Flora Springs wines are notable for their depth of flavor and the earthy, dark fruited character of the red wines. The Flora Springs Soliloquy is an original and very successful white blend.  In addition to the wines reviewed here, Flora Springs makes several high end, single varietal Cabernet Sauvignons, which we plan to review in the future.

The Wines

Flora Springs 2019 Soliloquy Napa Valley ($50) 92 The Soliloquy is a Sauvignon Blanc-based blend which includes Chardonnay and Malvasia. It is a lovely multi-layered wine showing orchard fruit, melon and citrus. On the palate it is mouth filling and elegant. Sourced from the estate’s proprietary Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc clone grown at the Crossroads Ranch vineyard and aged in cement eggs and other vessels for 7 months. 14.2% alc.  

Flora Springs 2019 Rose Napa Valley ($26) 89 Deep pink. Showing a light strawberry/pomegranate nose, this is an easy drinking rosé. It’s very soft on the attack with good acidity and pomegranate fruit on the palate. A blend of Syrah and Sangiovese made the saignée method. 14.2% alc 

Springs 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($50) 91 Dark ruby red. Showing notes of cedar, plum and herbs on the nose, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an earthy palate with dark fruit flavors integrated with subtle oak notes. The tannins are fine grained, and the finish is long and flavorful. Sourced from Oakville and Rutherford and matured 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak. 14% alc. 

Flora Springs 2017 Merlot Napa Valley ($35) 91 Dark ruby. The 2017 Merlot offers plum, lead pencil, and chocolate aromas on the nose that carry over on to the palate. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, with ripe concentrated fruit and earthy herbal flavors with firm, round tannins on the palate. Sourced from estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville and aged 20 months in French oak barriques. 
 

Flora Springs 2017 Trilogy Napa Valley ($85) 92  Semi opaque ruby red. The 2017 Trilogy has a rich, dark nose of dark cherry, licorice and Mexican chocolate. It’s densely flavored of rich dark fruit, Port like in its richness, and shows firm tannins and prominent earthy notes. A youthful wine that needs a few years in the cellar to show its best.  A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec matured 22 months in 92% French and 8% American oak. 
 

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