Flora Springs Family Estate has created a 2014 cabernet sauvignon and a 2015 chardonnay that celebrate winemaking skills and define elegance.
The Komes-Garvey family (Flora Springs’ proprietors) have been farming on 350 estate-owned acres and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The family – with the second and third generation working side by side – is as committed to producing estate-grown wines of character and quality. Their portfolio of distinct wines mirror their stewardship and respect for the land.
Fermented in French oak barrels and aged in a combination of oak and concrete containers, the Family Select Chardonnay ($35) shows off rich, ripe, caramelized fruit with notes of ripe pear and almond. Twice-weekly lees stirring and 30 percent malolactic fermentation give the wine a creamy, open texture, and the long finish coats the mouth in delicious vanilla custard.
Enjoy this chardonnay along side crab cakes with Remoulade sauce and roast chicken with fresh herbs.
This fruit-forward Napa Valley Cabernet ($40) offers seductive aromas of blackberry jam, dark plum and boysenberry with hints of toasted spice and dark chocolate. In the mouth, lush fruit is layered with notes of brown baking spices, vanilla, dark espresso bean along with traces of fresh sage and lavender. This is a warm, voluptuous selection, packed with fruit but displaying a good balance of oak, tannin and acid.
Pour this with loaded tacos, pork loin and milk chocolate