Flora Springs

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: St. Helena, Napa Valley
People: Komes & Garvey Families, Owners | Paul Steinauer, Winemaker | Pat Garvey, Vineyard Director
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Flora Springs 2014 'Family Select' Chardonnay, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Soliloquy Vineyard, Oakville Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2013 'Rennie's Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Login WA 95 In Stock
Flora Springs 2013 'Trilogy' Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley Login WA 92 WS 87
Flora Springs 2014 'Trilogy' Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley New! Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2013 'Wild Boar' Cabernet Sauvignon, Cypress Ranch Vineyard, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs (1.5 L) 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Reserve Vineyard, Rutherford Login WA 94+ In Stock
Flora Springs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley Login In Stock
Flora Springs 2013 Red Blend, Napa Valley Login In Stock

In 1977, Flora and Jerry Komes purchased a home at the end of West Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena believing it to be “the perfect place to retire.” This home included an abandoned winery and vineyards. Their son John, with a passion for wine, proposed that the old winery building on the property be revived. Together, in 1978, Flora and Jerry with son John, daughter Julie and son-in-law Pat Garvey founded Flora Springs. The name came from two life-giving forces: the springs that flow unceasingly from the hills behind the winery and the beloved family matriarch, Flora Komes.

Flora Springs, located in the heart of Napa Valley, has been a family affair for over three decades. As the family has grown, so have their vineyards. Flora Springs now owns 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, in some of the region’s most-coveted sub-appellations, including Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Carneros. From the beginning, the vineyards have been farmed using sustainable practices. Not only do these practices make for good neighbors, healthy vineyard workers, and an ecologically sound place to live and work, they also make some pretty outstanding grapes. Several years ago, Flora Springs started farming organically wherever possible. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs' red wines are sourced from its organically farmed estate vineyards, and all of these wines are crafted in their solar-powered 19th-century stone winery and caves.

Third-generation vintners and cousins Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, both of whom grew up at the winery washing barrels and sweeping floors, are now poised to take the helm guiding the winery into a new era of artisan winemaking in the spirit of tradition, innovation, and community values epitomized by their grandparents, Flora and Jerry.

Born in St. Helena, California winemaker Paul Steinauer studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Oregon. He worked five harvests at Joseph Phelps Winery between school years before realizing that wine was his true calling. In 1990, he jumped at the opportunity to join the Flora Springs team as Assistant Winemaker. In 2008, Paul was promoted to Winemaker at Flora Springs.

Paul’s wine education has come through experience in the cellar at Flora Springs, enology courses at UC Davis, and since 1993, through his tasting group that includes winemakers at several Napa Valley wineries. He counts the magnificent estate fruit from Flora Springs’ 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley as a real boon to his task as a winemaker. “At Flora Springs, we’re able to have seamless communication between the farming side and the production side,” says Paul. He credits Vineyard Director Pat Garvey and President John Komes with keeping the quality of Flora Springs’ wines a top priority as evidenced in the vineyard farming practices and winery technology.

Wine Advocate 12/2016
"One of the more historic and long-term producers of Napa Valley wine (particularly their bevy of Cabernet Sauvignons), Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards sits on the west side of Highway 29 in Rutherford. Along with Joseph Phelps, they were one of the first to produce a proprietary Bordeaux blend from various grapes."


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Reviews

  • Flora Springs 2013 'Trilogy' Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2015)

    Flora Springs was among the first Napa wineries to create a Bordeaux blend called Trilogy, and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. Notes of sweet plum, licorice, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit jump from the glass of this dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It’s medium to full-bodied, with impressive purity and elegance. It’s meant to be an elegant take of Napa viticulture and they’ve pulled it off fabulously. This wine has excellent balance of all its component parts, and should continue to drink well for 15-20 years.
  • Flora Springs 2013 'Trilogy' Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (6/30/2016)

    Slow to unfold from the dense tannic framework, the notes of licorice, dark berry, cedar and tobacco make for a chewy texture, ending with a loamy earthiness. Drink now through 2023.
  • Flora Springs 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Reserve Vineyard, Rutherford
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (12/26/2015)

    One of their flagship wines is their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Reserve Rutherford. This is an age-worthy collector’s item, and the 2013 is certainly one of the best they’ve produced to date. Dense ruby/purple with dusty/loamy notes in the background, oodles of red and blackcurrant fruit, there is high-quality toasty oak as a subtle component and a full-bodied richness. There is plenty of tannin still to resolve. The wine has great balance, impressive extract and richness. This is meant for 20-30 years of cellaring, but there’s no reason to defer your gratification given all the fruit it already offers.
  • Flora Springs 2013 'Rennie's Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (12/26/2015)

    Another of their single-vineyard offerings that has a proven track record for long-term cellaring is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Reserve, which comes from holdings in St. Helena. This shows the valley’s beautiful crème de cassis fruit, nice judicious touch of toasty oak and licorice, full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. Tannins are present, but round and well-integrated. This is a full-bodied wine made for drinking over the next 20-25 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last longer.