Two of Flora Springs’ biggest reds are here, with Napa’s 2017 releases finally hitting the market. Let’s dive in.
2017 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Rich and chocolaty, there’s no confusing the identity of this number. Silky and fully exuding crushed black fruit — with a squeeze of strawberry added — the wine layers in notes of mint and baking spice, but it’s the chocolate that is the most enduring element. Straightforward, but it does the job. B+ / $35
2017 Flora Springs Trilogy – This is a considerably softer expression of Flora Springs’ flagship wine (this year 80% cabernet sauvignon, 17% petit verdot, 3% malbec), a side effect perhaps of a water-heavy year that left lots of plump, ripe grapes on the vine. Slightly bitter but heavy with black and some red berry fruit, there’s a thick layer of spice on the finish that recalls cinnamon and allspice. It’s an unusual expression of this wine that lacks the hugeness typical to the brand, but one worth checking out, perhaps to see an outlier in a vertical collection of Trilogy. A- / $85