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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Flora Springs Trilogy 1998
Flora Springs Trilogy 1998
(search item no. 27809)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $46.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The philosophy of blending is basic to the concept of Trilogy. We approach this wine like an artist with a palette of colors. The result is a complex masterpiece of flavors and aromas that have great persistence on the palate and are tempered with a sense of elegance and finesse. A preliminary Trilogy blend was made after malo-lactic fermentation had concluded. The wine rested quietly in small (50% new) French oak barrels until just prior to bottling. 1998 was a vintage that required stringent winery practices so that we could extract as much as we could from the fruit. This year, for the first time, we added Malbec to the blend. 1998 was a challenge in every way. El Ninos grip on the weather gave us a cold, damp spring that resulted in lower yields. It also put us on a track for a later than normal harvest. The cool summer was interrupted by a short spurt of very intense heat that kept us on our toes. This was the "year of the grower" who had to be in the vineyard constantly, thinning and deleafing early to avoid any mildew and then later to eliminate any damaged fruit. The result: Excellent! Because of good farming practices a little luck and near perfect harvest conditions, we had a late harvest but an excellent one.
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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.