Flora Springs Soliloquy 2004
The great consistency of Soliloquy over the last several years is indicative of the fruit that Flora Springs is getting from their Oakville vineyard. The 2004 Soliloquy is focused and lean with a clean fruit sensation on the palate – flavors of melon and fig with just a hint of vanilla. The finish is smooth and long, with just a hint of tartness to give it that extra "zing" at the end. It is an incredibly well-balanced wine that is refreshing and complex at the same time.
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.