Flora Springs 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Item Number: 12012
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 4,345
Clones: 100% Sauvignon Blanc (60% Soliloquy clone, 40% Musque clone)
Vintage Notes: 2017 began with winter rain and lots of it; there was enough to fill reservoirs, replenish groundwater, and bring a five-year drought in California to an end. The spring weather was mild, and due to the abundance of water, the vines experienced vigorous growth. Vigilant canopy management meant going through the vineyards and removing excess leaves to ensure the developing grapes had adequate sunlight and air flow. With just a few summer heat spikes, it first appeared that harvest would proceed at a normal pace, but a heat wave over Labor Day weekend hastened picking during the first two weeks of September. Cooler temperatures arrived in mid-September. Overall, harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs' grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.
Winemaking Notes: The 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Crossroads Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation. Flora Springs has farmed the Crossroads Vineyard for over two decades. During the growing season, warm days and cool evenings provide an ideal climate for Sauvignon Blanc, allowing the variety’s natural fruit flavors and acidity to develop in tandem. To impart complexity in both flavor and texture, this wine was fermented in stainless steel but then aged for seven months in a combination of stainless steel, large wooden oval casks, concrete "egg" tanks, small French oak barrels and stainless steel drums. The wine in barrel rested on its lees and was stirred every two weeks, re-suspending the lees and lending a creamy texture to the finished wine.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc offers appealing flavors of fig, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh apricot along with soft notes of honeysuckle, graham cracker and spice. The wine has a rich, expansive mouthfeel, yet it’s bright on the palate with plenty of crisp acidity. A subtle hint of minerality in the back palate – attributable to the portion of wine aged in concrete tanks – adds interest. Beautifully textured with a pleasant creaminess, the wine has a long, smooth spicy finish.