Flora Springs Trilogy 2003
Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves.
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Extremely complex aromas of black currant, violets, oak, cedar and, yes, Rutherford dust. Very fine and complete, really classy, and already generous, with forward flavors. Velvety and complex, a pleasure to drink now but undoubtedly will age. A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc.
Smooth, rich and poloshed, with smoky, toasty, vanilla-scented oak adding a pleasing flavor dimension to the juicy core of black cherry, currant, anise, cedar, olive and herb. Drink now through 2008.
An impressive red blend, tightly structured, with a rich array of currant, black cherry, anise, cedar, tar and spice flavors of remarkable harmony and finesse, ending in a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2000 through 2009. Contains Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Smooth, ripe and spicy, in a complex, elegant style with cherry, plum and berry flavors and attractive spicy nuances. Finishes with good length, fine, integrated tannins and a pretty dash of toasty oak. Best from 1999 through 2005. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
There are 7,500 cases of the outstanding 1999 Trilogy (a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec). Its elegance and finesse are nicely balanced by the wine's considerable richness. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of malt chocolate, cocoa, black cherries, currants, licorice, and earth. The wine is medium to full-bodied, pure, and ripe, with nicely integrated acidity and tannin. It will drink well for 12-15 years.
Deep ruby cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Mildly tannic. Mint, red fruits, vanilla. Aromatic and harmonious with a lush, supple entry. Exquisitely made, with gentle extraction making for a velvety mouthfeel. Flavorful and generous through the lengthy finish.
Barrel samples of the 2003 Trilogy reveal good sweetness, a nice texture, plenty of opulence, and sweet tannin, all good signs for its future evolution. The 2003 will spend one year in old oak and a second year in new oak prior to bottling.