A drop-dead gorgeous red blend that continues Flora Springs’ fine streak of Bordeaux-style wines. Full-bodied and dry, it’s balanced and rich, with complex flavors of currants, minerals, cedar and spice. The tannins are strong, but ultra-refined. Drink this high-quality wine now and through 2015.
Extremely complex aromas of black currants, violets, oak, cedar, and, yes, Rutherford dust. Very fine and complete, really classy, and already generous. Velvety and complex. These days, this is a relative bargain for a wine of this quality. There’s a lot of Merlot in the blend, but I felt compelled to include it anyway.
A flashy, classy wine, grown in the estate vineyard in the benchlands and hills above Rutherford. Shows lots of sweet, ripe cherry fruit and toasty oak, but has enough of an acid-tannin structure to dry it out for balance. Should hold and develop over the next 6–8 years.
With a sweet core of cherry fruit, plenty of tobacco and coffee nuances and other fine touches, this meritage blend hits the right chords and shows just the right weight. Deep, handsome, and fairly seamless; some light oak is applied skillfully, and in general the final product sings a pretty song.
Trilogy used to be a formula blend of three varietals, but this year it’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. This is Flora Springs’ flagship wine, and a very good one. It’s a flashy wine. The fruit is ripe, the oak is notable, the tannins testify to the best vineyard practices.
A lovely wine, soft and charming, but far from simple. Although it has complex layers of cherries, blackberries, cassis and cedar, it also shows a fine structure of ripe, smooth tannins and supporting acidity. Drink now–2015 while it’s fresh and forward.
When this wine was first produced it was a blend of three Bordeaux varietals, but longtime winemaker Ken Deis has since expanded his palate. This year’s version is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc and Malbec. A young, dense wine with significant tannins, it is marked by an overlay of well-charred oak, but the core of cassis suggests…
No longer made from just three varieties, this Trilogy has all five Bordeaux grapes. It’s complex but young in cassis and oak, with a dry, dusty spread of tannins. Those tannins will play well now with well-marbled smoky, grilled beef, but the wine should hold through 2010.