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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 Hillside Reserve 1999


    The 1999 Flora Springs Cabernet Hillside Reserve is drink Now... Beautiful job. and unlike the 2001 Napa's is still feisty.. Thanks for sharing Table #1 Barolo. Decant was declined. After review. I agree. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... and the inability of current flora to adapt easily to new and different weather.  A huge number of plants (including grapes, duh) are non-native in the Bay Area, but changing things rapidly will make things worse, not better.  Interestingly, a couple native species, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hail in Barolo

  • As you may have heard the barolo region was hit by a massive hail storm late yesterday afternoon.I've heard that there is serious damage in Monforte, Ginestra and Gavarini in particular though  follow-up report by SNOOTHER 1519584, has shown these early reports to be less than accurate. though  modest damage west of Barolo and skirting up toward... Read More

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  • Bodegas Y Vinedos O. Fournier Urban Uco Malbec 2012


    I wonder if all wine reviews should be more like Keat's Ode to a ... earth, Tasting of Flora and the country-green, Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth! O for a beaker full of the warm South! 15 Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene, With beaded bubbles winking at the brim, And purple-stainèd mouth; That I migh... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I started this article thinking of pitting Washington State Merlot, arguably ... Valley 14.2% $30 Fairly floral on the nose with lots of perfumed oak aromas framing a core of bright, spicy blackberry and lingonberry fruit. This really flows across the palate with an excellent blend of richness of fruit and firmness of structure. The acids are ... Read More

    From the article Great Merlot from $20-$40

  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2011


    A bit herbal on the nose and slightly nutty with hint of peanut brittle and anise seed along with blueberry and black currant fruit. Broad and fairly voluptuous in the mouth, though with enough acid and soft tannins to lends this some definition on the palate. The flavors are deep and earthy with notes of macerated herbs and flower embedded in a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Flora Springs "Trilogy" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 2007


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    Wine review by kragonia

  • I recently participated in a small blind tasting in which two $40 Cabernets ... plum, bitter chocolate and floral accent notes. There are some hard tannins here underpinning it all, and this has a lovely texture, rather broad but bright and a bit nervous in the mouth with a lovely flavor profile but it does drop off a bit quickly on the  finis... Read More

    From the article The Giant Killers?

  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    Bright and fruity on the nose with lovely lift to the red plum, smoky oak, ... ... along with some peppery and floral nuances. This is young, a bit simple and with slightly unripe tannins but at the same time its fresh and bright and pretty easy to drink. Not for everyone but lovely in its own right. 90p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I’ve already written up my thoughts on some white wines tasted while in ... ... oak for 19 months Floral and earthy and very mineral on the nose with faint notes of cigar wrapper, black tea, white pepper and violets. Rich, deep and bright on entry with fine tension in the mouth, this shows  lovely depth on the palate with deep burnished black... Read More

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