Recently, I was able to enjoy some wines from Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards. Both wines were enjoyable, competitively priced, and come from green farming methods.
Flora Springs, a third generation winery in St. Helena, California, offers a wonderful selection of wines and they use sustainable and organic farming practices (20% is certified organic, with another 240 acres to be certified this year). The winery, owned by the Komes-Garvey families, own 650 acres of sustainable vineyards. All of their wines come from their estate grown fruit to ensure that they maintain the quality of their wines. In December 2007, Flora Springs implemented solar power at the Komes Ranch on Zinfandel Lane, enabling all of their red wine production to go completely off the grid. (per Flora Springs Facts, Jarvis Communications).
Flora Springs 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – This Cabernet has a spicy, pepper aroma with a piquant, berry flavor and velvet feel when you drink it. The tannins hit the back of your tongue but do not over power this wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is typically paired with beef and heavy pasta dishes; and I really enjoyed this wine with both spaghetti Bolognese and beef stroganoff. The heavy cream sauce and beef in the stroganoff really complemented the spicy aroma and flavor of this wine. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and all of the grapes come from 3 of the Flora Springs vineyards. At $36, this is priced very competitively with other Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. The Winemaker notes that this wine should be enjoyed now through 2014.
Flora Springs 2008 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc, Soliloquy Vineyard – This wine is brand new to the Flora Springs collection. This pale yellow wine smells of tropical fruit, citrus, and floral notes. None of the aromas overpowered one another. The Oakville Sauvignon Blanc has a floral, citrus taste as well. This wine is 100% Oakville Sauvignon Blanc from their Soliloquy Vineyard. I enjoyed this wine both alone and with lighter meals. Although this is not a typical pairing, I really enjoyed it with home made chicken noodle soup. The light chicken broth really complemented the flavors of this wine. The Oakville Sauvignon Blanc retails for $20.
If you enjoy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, consider Flora Springs. With their estate grown grapes and competitive pricing, they are a must try. For more information about Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards and their wines, visit: http://www.florasprings.com/.
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