Flora Springs 2017 'Trilogy' Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
Item Number: 15142
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 80% Cabernet Sauvignon / 17% Petit Verdot / 3% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
The genesis of Trilogy, one of Napa Valley’s first Bordeaux-style red blends, dates back to 1984 when the family decided to make the best wine possible by selecting the highest quality wine lots culled from their estate vineyards in Napa Valley. Trilogy continues to be sourced exclusively from the Komes-Garvey estate vineyards from St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville.
Aging: 22 months, 92% French oak, 8% American oak
2017 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. 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 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.
Tasting Notes: In 2017 this iconic wine brings together Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec grown in Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates at 80% of the blend, yielding a deep purple-black wine that offers warm notes of black plum, black cherry and cassis layered with mocha, hints of tobacco, cola and wild herbs. The flavors are mouth coating and generous, but the wine retains a freshness due to lovely acidity and sleek tannins. The mix of French and American oak adds spice and notes of vanilla crème that linger on a satisfying finish. This is a beautiful Napa Cab, ideal with a NY strip steak or other favorite cut. Eggplant parmesan would also make a nice match, as would a slow-braised lamb or beef dish.