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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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    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

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    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

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    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

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    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

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  • 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

    From the article The Red Wines of Portugal

  • Flora Springs Merlot 2010


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2010


    65% new 85% French Average of 70 years old vines, unspecified mixed blacks ... gentle soft fruit and a very flora base note of, blue flowers to rise from the glass. The super fine tannins and great integration here immediately become obvious as this shows of its silky, smooth and polished texture in the mouth with just the faintest chewy q... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 2009 Flora Springs Reserve. Packed with sugary fruit, in contrast to the 2010s and 2011s Napa Cabs Read More

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  • We fully enjoyed a 2009 Myriad Beckstoffer George's III Cabenet with our on-the-coals seared Skirt Steak. How about you? Read More

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  • I've had  a love/hate relationship with Dolcetto for years now. People ... and focused on the nose with floral aromas that show excellent freshness. The palate delivers ripe fruit with hints of fresh leather, woodland spice, and  forest floor, showing an excellent, lively quality the defines the pure and fresh potential of Dolcetto. This is you... Read More

    From the article Current Release Dolcetto

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luigi Cecchi & Figli Chianti Classico 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

    Wine review by RickyH2P

  • 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

    From the article Scandinavian Naturalists

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