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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 on Snooth

  • Flora Springs "Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Hillside Reseve" Napa Valley 2008


    Jammy fruit. Brandy-like undertones and a little bit of zing. Fun wine. Read More

    Wine review by Middletucky

  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by chefjds

  • Flora Springs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


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    Wine review by talkingradio

  • Flora Springs Chard 375 2008


    I like a nice crisp chardonnay but this one is thick and dull for my taste, despite it's higher price range. Read More

    Wine review by ksilman

  • Corte Flora Rosso Montepulciano 2005


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    Wine review by michaelghannaiii

  • Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1997


    Just a VERY general warning to those considering purchasing some of (what were) ... some of the better houses (Flora Springs, Cornerstone, etc) have already gone well past their prime and are circling the drain.Buy the better stuff, but buyer beware- and ALWAYS do your homework, no matter which house it may be that you're considering buying.199... Read More

    Wine review by ChipDWood

  • For several reasons, the Dry Creek Valley really is ground-zero for the ... ... complexity, with spicy and floral notes adding aromatic complexity. These are full of classic brambly blackberry and dark cherry fruits in a rich but balanced style. 2007 Talty Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel William Talty Vineyards 15%, $38 Spicy and briary on... Read More

    From the article ZAP Zins: Dry Creek Valley

  • Flora Springs Out of Sight 2006


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    Wine review by hmiles619

  • Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc Soliloquy 2008


    Light and bright on the nose with green peppers over low ripe peach tones and a ... a slightly mineral base with floral top notes that recall clover. This has a slightly unusual nose for Sauvignon Blanc, showing restraint and a subtle, layered complexity. Very light and almost airy on entry with a salty, slatey thing going on right up front. On... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc Soliloquy 2008


    Solid wine ... full of flavor and great citrus flavors. When cool the acidity and citrus really showed. As it warmed up, the acidity softened and more layers of flavors show through. I think it could have aged a lot more. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

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