Varietal aromas of ripe black cherries, plums and vanilla mingle with flavors of blueberry compote. Soft tannins and subtle acids carry the fruit flavors through to a mediumlength and pleasant finish.
In 1977, Jerry and Flora Komes stumbled across a dilapidated wine estate in the heart of Napa Valley, California and saw its potential. Today the third generation of the family, the Komes’ and the Garveys, continues a legacy of winemaking excellence. Together they own 650 acres of prime Napa Valley vineyard land in some of the region’s most coveted subappellations, including Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Carneros. Each vintage, the best fruit (about 20%) is retained for Flora Springs, and the remainder is sold to neighboring Napa Valley wineries. The estate’s vineyards are organic and sustainably farmed. The red wines are produced using solar power generated from the 6,500 square feet of panels that the family installed at Komes Ranch in 2007. Inside the stone walls of the century-old winery are stainless steel and concrete fermentors specifically sized to match each vineyard block. Below the winery, is the family’s 1,000 foot cellar. Carved into the hillside, it naturally provides the ideal, energy efficient environment to age wines. Paul Steinauer, who began working as Assistant Winemaker in 1990, was promoted to Winemaker in 2008.
|""Appealing for its bright, focused currant, cranberry, red cherry, dusty berry and anise flavors, it firms up, shows concentration and depth, and finishes with a pretty burst of fruit. Drink now through 2008.""
Rating: 88 POINTS
August 31, 2003
|Estate fruit from Komes Ranch in Rutherford and Bella Oak was aged for 16 months primarily in French with some American oak barrels.
|Founded in 1978 in the heart of Napa Valley, Flora Springs has been a family affair for more than three decades, developing an admirable record for producing high quality, region-specific wines. Now in their third generation of stewardship, the Komes and Garvey families own 650 acres of vineyards throughout five appellations in the Napa Valley – Carneros, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Pope Valley enabling them to maintain quality with estate grown, hand picked fruit. They select 20% of the finest fruit from each vintage for their own wines and sell the remaining 80% to neighboring wineries. From the beginning, as artisan farmers and winemakers, the family has employed sustainable vineyard practices. More recently they’ve converted 40% of their estate vineyards, which account for 90% of their red wines, to certified organic farming.