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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Flora Springs Soliloquy Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Flora Springs Soliloquy Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 109986)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The consensus here at the winery is this - our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc is the best Sauvignon Blanc we have ever made! Always unique to the Napa Valley landscape, we pride ourselves in crafting Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits not only bright fruit and acidity, but refined minerality as well.

It starts in the vineyards; we specifically planted both our proprietary Soliloquy and Sauvignon Musque clones to give us those elusive flavors of melon and white peach. Following fermentation the wine is sur lees aged for eight months in three different vessels: concrete, stainless steel, and stainless barrels. After nearly two decades of experimentation, we have found this combination enhances the bright acidity, bouquet, and minerality unique to this vineyard site. The sur lees aging ties each of these components together, creating a long, silky finish on the palate. The result is a "Soliloquy" in perfect harmony!

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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.