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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 1999
Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 1999
(search item no. 17399)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $25.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We are pleased with the character of our 1999 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Reserve. By adding the fruit from our Carneros property, we have increased the depth of aromas and provided a lovely finish. The 1999 vintage has exceptional balance while maintaining some fullness in the mouth. I do not allow this wine to go through malolactic fermentation because of the considerable richness that is inherent in our fruit.
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About Flora Springs Wine Company:

Flora Springs is a family endeavor that epitomizes hard work, dedication and teamwork . The vitality of this family is obvious as they set about the task of growing great grapes and making absolutely delicious wine.

It all began over 20 years ago, when Jerry and Flora Komes bought the first vineyard - a vineyard with lots of history, great soils and two ghost wineries. Their retirement project became a lifetime passion for son John Komes and daughter Julie Garvey and their families. John quickly talked the family (including another brother Mike Komes) into making wine. Julie worked side by side with John as the first two years they made the wines. Julie’s husband Pat Garvey took over the vineyard side of things. In 1980, Ken Deis was hired as winemaker and he has been part of the family ever since.

Winemaker Ken Deis makes use of every tool at his disposal. First of all, he trusts his senses: The feel of the berry in his fingers, the taste of the fruit and then the wine, the smells during fermentation. A winemaker needs to understand the source of his fruit and Ken has worked closely with vineyard manager Pat Garvey for more than 20 years so that they can anticipate the challenges that each vintage brings. Ken has also adopted the same curiosity that the entire Komes-Garvey family has and it has paid off royally in the quality of his wines.