Flora Springs 2017 Merlot, Napa Valley
Item Number: 14402
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 3,400
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 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, giving thr 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: The 2017 vintage draws on estate fruit from sustainably-farmed vineyards in Oakville, St. Helena and Rutherford, properties Flora Springs has owned and farmed for decades. This wine was for 20 months in small, mostly French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: This 100% Merlot delivers flavors of ripe blueberries and cherry liqueur layered with luscious notes of vanilla wafers and dark chocolate. There’s a hint of chaparral that adds freshness to the palate along with warm traces of cardamom and cinnamon spice. This is a classic, beautifully-balanced Napa Valley Merlot, polished and rich with velvety tannins and a long, silky finish. This wine is made to drink now with the structure to carry through 2023.
Pairing Notes: Incredibly versatile, the Flora Springs Merlot would be a wonderful companion to cumin-scented roast pork tenderloin, tomato risotto, pizza margherita or pasta with ricotta and lemon.