Flora

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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  • Saxon-Brown Syrah Chalk Hill Flora Ranch 2005

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    Wine review by jazzmanATB


  • Priorat Blanco Mas d'En Compte 2006

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    http://www.spittoon.biz/celler_cal_pla_mas_den_compte.htmlA stunning aroma - aromatic, flora hints, a 'coolness'. The palate, perfectly balanced, offers texture and layers of flavour in abundance. Lemon, white blossom, spice and hints of apricot, orange and vanilla. The acidty adds a little raciness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2005

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    93 POINTS - Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, December 28, 2007The vintage is exemplified beautifully by the 2005 Trilogy. This is a superb example of this proprietary red. Beautiful deep red, blue, and black gruits all intermingle with some crushed rock, lavender, and spice box in a very scented bouquet. In the mouth, it is layered, medium to full-... Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman


  • Flora Springs Merlot Napa Valley 2005

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    solid. went well with pork roast and gravy. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    Wine review by schwantz


  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    Wine review by schwantz


  • So I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the New Community ... Barolo  2005 Saxon Brown Flora Ranch Syrah Happy Hunting!Gregory Dal Piaz is the Community Manager at  Snooth.com, an avid Wine Geek with a passion for things Italian, and a long suffering Mets fan Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello and a bit of an...


  • Morro Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

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    this must have evolved over time. It has the density andrichness of a $20-$30 cab like FLora Springs or Indian Wells. I got this for $8. It's killer. it is a little one dimensional, but that dimension is AWESOME. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Flora Springs Trilogy 1999

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    Wine review by Jayman


  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2003

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    Wine review by Jayman


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