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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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  • Girlan Gewurztraminer Flora 2010


    This has a lovely nose, floral and full of lemon drop, herbs, and intense green fruit but very fresh, so fresh and green laced! This comes off as fairly sweet on entry, still a dry style decidedly lush in the mouth with a nice core of citrus, honeysuckle and honey toned orchard fruits turning mostly peachy on the backend. This is fairly big, a... Read More

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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico DOCG 2009


    This flavorful wine has a strong flora taste. Although, I did not find this to be pleasant tasting, I could see others finding differently. My recommendation: if you like flora tasting dry reds, go for it. If not, stay away. Read More

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  • It is a true image, I’ll concede, but that’s not all they drink up ... foraging in the Scandinavian flora and fauna, taking the tastes of raw sea urchins, fermented gooseberries and pine shoots to new levels of molecular gastronomy, has created quite a challenge for wine matching.  So what do the lucky few who receive a table here imbibe with ... Read More

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  • Waipara Springs Winery Premo Pinot Noir 2009


    Cola nut, bit of wood. Nice texture, relatively full, smooth, rich, fruity ... ... ... vanilla, touch of musky flora. Candied red cherry raspberry finis Read More

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  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago 2009


    Pretty nose, flora and raspberry with a hint of meat, little pith and oak. Soft, juicy, open, nice fruit, little coulis character jammy, vanilla tinged raspberry sorbet fini, fruity style but well done. Read More

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  • Schramsberg Vineyards Mauzac Blend Napa Valley Crémant 2007


    The Flora grape (a cross of Sémillon & Gewürztraminer) gives this sparkler a very unique flavor - spicy asain foods, blue cheese, and desserts Read More

    Wine review by NJ WineandBeer

  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2005


    Very big and very tasty. Rich, sweet pipe tobacco essence with delicate earthy-sweet accents complimenting ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and appropriately complex with lingering enjoyment for the palate. 2005 was a very good year for this Meritage. Read More

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  • Halleck Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Hillside Cuvée 2008


    It has a bright, spicy strawberry nose. Also has aromas of cranberry, red ... ... mixture of pepper, spice and flora, red fruit. Flavors of pomegranate, red fruits, baking spices, white pepper and some minerality. It's pretty and vibrant. Finishes a bit tart. Time should mellow that out.3/10/ Read More

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