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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  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

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  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Out-of-Sight-Vineyard 2002


    Slightest brown tint in the glass suggests the age. Dark fruit aromas along with some funkiness that might be described by forest floor. On the tongue this one starts out as a relatively light weight cab with plum flavor. Fairly stiff tannin then arrives that give it much more substance. Not a Napa Valley Cabernet powerhouse, but, rather a ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora 1993


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... blend of orange muscat and flora,a blend unique to Brown Brothers.The rare flora grape is a cross between semillon and gewurztraminer.These grapes are grown on their 'Mystic Park ' vineyard and are harvested late in order to increase the sugar content because this is a desert wine.I dran... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The Prosecco DOC Consortium, the body representing Prosecco producers from ... ... ... characteristics like flora and fruity aromas, alongside dry and gentle flavors, indeed reflect a newfound taste for budget friendly luxury among consumers. Apart from the US market, the Consortium also reported a 27 per cent rise in its global exports. Mr. ... Read More

    From the article Prosecco Wine Consumption Jumps by 33.5%

  • Beni di Batasiolo Langhe DOC Nebbiolo 2011


    Red fruit with flora notes on the nose. Red fruit in the mouth with bright acidity followed by distinct dryness. The second day, the wine became more balanced with the fruit taking a back seat to the acidity and the finish became very dry with medium length. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • 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

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  • 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

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