Flora Springs 2020 'Soliloquy' White Wine, Napa Valley

Flora Springs 2020 'Soliloquy' White Wine, Napa Valley

Item Number: 16787

UPC: 0-011472317503

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay / Malvasia
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Case Production: 550

Flora Springs Soliloquy is named for their proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone, an outstanding and singular clone which is entirely unique to Flora Springs. Planted in the Crossroads Vineyard in the Oakville AVA, the clone was certified in the late 1980s by UC Davis as distinct from more common Sauvignon Blanc clones in Napa Valley. The clone nearly went extinct when the vines became diseased and had to be pulled. It took eight long years – three in a lab, two in a nursery and three in the ground – but the family was able to protect and preserve this precious clone. After that, General Manager Nat Komes took Soliloquy on as a personal project, conducting numerous blending trials over a three-year period to re-create the Soliloquy wine he and his family remember so fondly. Today, Soliloquy represents this quest to create a singular white wine and a worthy companion to the Flora Springs proprietary red wine, Trilogy.

Tasting Notes: The Sauvignon Blanc-based 2020 Soliloquy is a complex, multi-layered blend of white varietals offering evocative notes of pomelo, lime blossom, apple, hazelnut and stone fruit. Sauvignon Blanc anchors the wine with bold flavor, zesty acidity and serious weight, while the Chardonnay rounds out the blend with a creamy leesy quality. The Malvasia brings alluring citrus and floral notes. Soliloquy is an impressive, crowd pleasing wine that can handle Saturday night dinner parties with boldly flavored foods such as shrimp fra diavolo, fried calamari, grilled chicken skewers or cavatelli pasta with pesto.

Vintage Notes: The 2020 Napa Valley growing season began with a warm, dry winter, with no appreciable rain until the end of March. A mild spring season gave the vines a healthy start, and summer brought very cool mornings and warm days. This build up to harvest was interrupted by two wildfires as the harvest turned to the fall. The LNU Complex Fire started on August 17th and the Glass Fire started on September 27. At Flora Springs, the white wine harvest began in early August, and the wines reflect a fine vintage year. Although smaller than usual, Flora Springs was also able to move forward with red wine vinification from several of their vineyards. While the 2020 Napa Valley harvest was challenging, they are committed to bottling wines only of the highest quality.