The appropriately named Flora, a cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon, was developed by Dr. Harold Olmo, UC Davis’ legendary geneticist, as an aromatic varietal suitable for the hot growing conditions of California’s prolific Central Valley. The grape succeeded on the aromatic side of the equation, but has largely proven unsuccessful in warmer climes due to its inability to retain acidity in these conditions.

Ultimately failing to prove its worth as a suitable grape for the blended jug wine industry, Flora has demonstrated its potential as a varietal in the cooler conditions of New Zealand, where it is known to have produced some critically applauded and stylish wines in the 1970s. Unfortunately, Flora’s aromatic and full bodied wines seemed out of place with the popular market taste of the day. Failing to meet with widespread appeal Downunder, the variety was largely forgotten about until it resurfaced more than two decades later.

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  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015


    Vanilla cream, blueberry preserves, chocolate cream, licorice and and some ... ... lightly green mid palate of floral notes and warm fruit with a slightly bitter, plummy finis Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2015


    Earthen and red fruited with soft clay and notes of strawberry, red currant and ... on the palate with notes of floral cherry blossom and ripe raspberry, a hefty mouthfeel and vanilla bean notes, finishing with smoke and leather and dried concentrated blackberries layered on top of strong tannin Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • This was a Berserker day purchase from OTs friend Evan at Fogline.Neat white made from the rare Flora grape. "It is a crossing of Semillon and Gewürztraminer, both Vitis vinifera varieties, and it was created in 1938 by Harold P. Olmo at the California Agricultural Experiment Station."Light gold in color. The nose is full of that gewurtz perfume... Read More

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  • Have you noticed that wherever you are in the world, the Christmas lunch menu ... ... for an Orange Muscat and Flora (Brown Brothers, £9, $15) or, if you’re feeling flush, to Sauternes in Bordeaux where a half bottle of Castelnau de Suduiraut, the second label of Cru Classe Chateau Suduiraut no less, will deliver honeyed heaven for £12 (US$20)... Read More

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  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 2016


    Lemon cream and butterscotch aromas with gentle floral notes and baking spice. Smooth and velvety on entry with vanilla and brioche notes to start, developing more towards citrus and apple fruit on the palate and releasing a refreshing zesty lemon acidity on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016


    Spiced white pepper notes and hints of pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. Fresh lemongrass and tart grapefruit flavors in the mouth with a boisterous acidity and a finish of light cream and fresh green melon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • MJET - I've liked Flora Springs but for some reason got away from them - time for a revisit it appears. Read More

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  • This 2014 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon was very tasty! Gave it a 45 min decant, good nose of black fruit, on entry blackberry with touches of raspberry, excellent mix of acidity in the mid-palate, a balanced wine with fruit, acidity and tannins all playing in harmony. A pleasant wine for a baby. Should get better but drinking very well.  Read More

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  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014


    The aromatic, fresh and inviting fruit aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and red currant are a bit buttery here on the nose. Silky textured on entry, this develops a prickly acidity in the mouth as the tannins take hold, yet delivers bright black cherry and black currant fruit throughout, zesty baking spice and a juicy pie filling towards the cho... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay Napa 2015


    Lemon cream and pear aromas with a honeyed green apple and golden raisin note. Silky and creamy in the mouth with pleasant oak spice and flavors of pear, peach and green apple. This has great length with a lingering spice and an almost green note of fresh herb and candied orange peel. Read More

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