One of the old guard, reliable names of California wine country, Flora Springs has been putting out quality wine since the ’70s. New vintages of two of its signature bottlings are just now hitting the market. We got to try them. Thoughts follow.
2012 Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc Oakville Napa Valley Soliloquy Vineyard – Extremely sour and heavy in acid. Challenging even for a Sauvignon Blanc lover, with notes of grapefruit, lemon oil, and a healthy slug of pepe du chat. A little pineapple on the finish adds nuance. B / $25
2010 Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley – 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc — not exactly the “trilogy” of grapes that the name refers to, but who’s counting, eh? A modest wine, with mild chocolate notes, some wood, and a nicely herbal backbone — licorice, some tobacco, some cedar plank character. It’s easily drinkable but missing out on weight in the body. B+ / $75