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Wine Advocate # 175 Feb 2008 Robert Parker (90-92) The 2006 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph blanc exhibits more smoke,...Read more...
While a fan of Flora Springs Trilogy, I found this particular vintage to be lacking in depth. In fact, it was a little overpowering, which leads me... Read more
Trilogy used to be made from three Bordeaux varieties; hence the name. The '03 is all five, dominated by Cab Sauvignon. The wine is a little hard n... Read more
Barrel samples of the 2003 Trilogy reveal good sweetness, a nice texture, plenty of opulence, and sweet tannin, all good signs for its future evolu... Read more
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While a fan of Flora Springs Trilogy, I found this particular vintage to be lacking in depth. In fact, it was a little overpowering, which leads me to believe it could benefit with a little cellaring. I have a few more bottles of the 2004 that I will revisit in 2-5 years, as I was underwhelmed with it's current development. Smokey, with blackberry and coffee undertones, this would go well with pork or beef. As mentioned, the tannin levels were high, and they may have gone a little heavy on the Merlot for this version of a typically solid wine.
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Trilogy used to be made from three Bordeaux varieties; hence the name. The '03 is all five, dominated by Cab Sauvignon. The wine is a little hard now, keeping itself aloof due to the tannins. Yet it has deep, blue and black fruit flavors and a Margaux-like elegance and harmony, and should develop quite well over the next 10 years.
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.
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.
Supple, elegant and graceful, with a pleasing mix of earth, anise, currant and wild berry fruit that's well-balanced and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Ends with a touch of mineral earthiness. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012.
The most elegant wine in the Flora Springs portfolio is their proprietary red called Trilogy, which has evolved from an equal part blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, to a current blend based on vintage conditions. It has always been the estate's interpretation of a St.-Emilion. Made in an elegant manner that can come across as too restrained and delicate, it is an interesting interpretation of a unique style of winemaking. The medium-bodied, dark ruby-tinged 2003 Trilogy (75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot and Cabernet Franc) exhibits scents of red currants, raspberries, and spice box. Although this Bordeaux-like red reveals austere tannin as well as a touch of leanness, it is an attractive wine to drink during its first 7-8 years of life.
A drop-dead gorgeous red blend that continues Flora Springs' fine streak of Bordeaux-style wines. Full-bodied and dry, it's balanced and rich, with complex flavors of currants, minerals, cedar and spice. The tannins are strong, but ultra-refined. Drink this high-quality wine now and through 2015.
Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate, cedar, menthol and licorice, with tobacco, loam and leathery nuances emerging with air. Sweet, pliant and expressive, with a bit more stuffing to buffer its firm acidity than the basic Napa Valley cabernet. Finishes nicely broad, with a fine dusting of sweet tannins and subtle leather and game notes. Based on this wine and the 2006 Trilogy, as well as the winery's other very successful '07 cabernets, the 2007 vintage marks a breakthrough to higher quality here.
Wine Advocate # 175 Feb 2008 Robert Parker (90-92) The 2006 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph blanc exhibits more smoke, honeyed grapefruit, and floral scents along with terrific acidity and excellent depth.
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