I hope I haven’t “bored you to tears” with the tales of my recent trip to Napa Valley. I promise this is the last article on the vineyards and wineries I visited.
This is going to be a shorter article than others as I have recently posted an article on Flora Springs Wines back in February of this year here. Friend Sean Kelley, chef/owner of Temper Grille, held a Flora Springs wine dinner which I attended.
On a Friday, the last day of my Napa adventure, I had scheduled a visit to the Flora Springs Winery to catch up with friend Richard Tiedemann, Director of Winery Relations, and get a tour of the estate and taste some of their flagship wines.
The Flora Springs Estate is located on Highway 29 just south of St. Helena and is an easy trip north of Napa. It was great fun to meet up with Richard again and catch up on his travels and the many wine dinners he has attended and hosted around the U.S.
After an explanation of various vineyards located on the property and further details on the history of the winery and the founders of the estate, Richard and I sat down in the lovely Flora Springs Tasting Room and tasted a large flight of wines. I am not going to review them all as I have reviewed a number of them in my February post. What follows is a list of the wines Richard and I tasted:
2015 Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Flora Springs, Soliloquy Oakville Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Flora Springs, Jon Nathaniel Lavender Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
2015 Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay
2014 Flora Springs, Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Flora Springs Trilogy Red wine
2014 Flora Springs, Wild Boar Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Flora Springs, St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Flora Springs, Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Flora Springs, Holy Smoke Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
My favorite wines of the tasting were the 2015 Jon Nathaniel Chardonnay, 2014 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Although these three wines were young and will require more aging, they were tasting well and showing their potential as they began to open and these three wines certainly had the characteristics my palate enjoys in a wine.
After the fantastic tasting Richard gave me a tour of the winery and barrel caves. They have about 15,000 square feet of caves. As you can see by the pictures, they are filled with barrels. We even did a barrel tasting of some red wine, which is always a delight.
The Flora Springs Vineyards property dates back to the late 1800s. The winery as we know it today was founded in 1958 by the late Jerry and Flora Komes. The Komes family continues to oversee the operation today. The winery produces about 45,000 cases of wine annually and operates two tasting rooms: one at The Estate and one in their tasting room in St. Helena on Highway 29.
Like most winery tasting rooms you need to make an appointment for your tasting at The Estate. You can do so by calling 707-967-6723 or by email at email@example.com.
Tastings start at about $50.00 per person and are held Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lots of folks ask me what they should do when or if they visit Napa Valley. I would recommend that you visit Flora Springs (The Estate) Winery, as it is a great tour and the wine tasting event. By all means say “hello” to Richard Tiedemann for me.
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