Flora Springs 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 14247
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 3,034
Vintage Notes: 2017 began with winter rain, and lots of it, 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. Flora Springs was vigilant about canopy management, going through our 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, giving our red fruit extra time on the vine. Overall though, harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs’ grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.
Winemaking Notes: This 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines fruit from Flora Springs’ sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Napa Valley. The hand harvested grapes were cold-soaked for several days to extract flavor and color prior to fermentation. Several lots underwent extended maceration to refine and soften the tannins, and all lots were aged in a combination of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels for 18 months prior to blending.
Tasting Notes: This Cabernet invites you in with bold aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry and a lovely hint of toasty oak. The flavors echo the aromas, with added notes of vanilla, sassafras, espresso and a hint of cedar. Bright acidity brings a nice tension to the wine, with elegant tannins bringing it to a long, satisfying finish. Grilled pork tenderloin with balsamic vinegar and olives would be a good fit for this Cabernet, as would braised lamb shanks or a hearty chickpea and spinach stew. Enjoy now through 2029.
Pairing Notes: This Cabernet would make a wonderful companion for rare-cooked meats, classic cheese fondue, rosemary-braised lamb shanks, or beef carpaccio with wild arugula.
90pts (2016 Vintage) The Wine Spectator 10/15/2019
"A broad, creamy, hedonistic style, with a mocha note draped over pureed plum, acai and blueberry flavors, ending with flashes of espresso and additional mocha nuances on the finish. Drink now through 2027."