Flora Springs 2018 'Family Select' Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13221
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 1,275
Aging Notes: 7 months in French (94%) & American (6%) oak barrels
Vintage Notes: 2018 brought a long, steady and near-ideal growing season to Napa Valley. Bud break began in late February/early March followed by an extended flowering period in May/June that yielded uniform grape clusters. The summer continued with typical warm temperatures but no significant heat spikes. Harvest was later than in recent years, accompanied by mild weather through September and October that allowed grapes to be picked at optimum ripeness and flavor. Napa winemakers agreed that 2018 was one of the least eventful and finest growing seasons they’d witnessed, yielding wines of intensity, concentration and balance.
Tasting Notes: The Flora Springs 2018 Family Select Chardonnay is sourced from sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Oak Knoll District and Carneros, two appellations in the southern regions of Napa Valley. Blending grapes from these cool-climate AVAs gives the Chardonnay a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors. The 2018 balances exuberant flavors of pineapple, mango, and Gala apple with robust notes of toasted marshmallow, crème brulee, and vanilla extract. The wine exhibits lovely overtones of toasted oak and cinnamon spice. Its texture is creamy and rich due to twice-a-week lees stirring. This is a mouth-filling, full-bodied Chardonnay that would make an ideal companion to simply-prepared shellfish such as lobster or crab, cream-based soups and ripe Camembert cheese; its rich profile can even stand up to steak with a silky Béarnaise sauce.