Flora Springs Trilogy 2005
Flora Springs has built its legacy on beautiful and complex wines that can be enjoyed either as young and vibrant or as cellared and graceful. The 2005 Trilogy may be our boldest statement yet. It exhibits all the classic Trilogy attributes with a lovely cassis and cherry bouquet as well as huge black fruit flavors that envelope the palate. Each varietal is vital to the outcome - the Cabernet exhibits black cherry and dark cocoa character, while the Merlot carries these flavors to the back of the palate where the Cabernet Franc adds notes of coffee and toffee to the finish. Unrelenting with power and grace, the 2005 Trilogy is the perfect wine to mark Flora Springs’ 30th anniversary year.
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Editorial Reviews for Flora Springs Trilogy
Such a seductive mouthfeel with a layered lushness that envelopes the mouth with rich vanilla, cocoa, blackberry and black cherry and a slight licorice tone. . This finishes with a long smoky note and hints of peppercorn, spice and cigar box and just a whisper of green herb. This is well put together and while surprisingly soft today has the balance and intensity to improve for a decade. 2010 - 2018 92pts
- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09
Very big and very tasty. Rich, sweet pipe tobacco essence with delicate earthy-sweet accents complimenting ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and appropriately complex with lingering enjoyment for the palate. 2005 was a very good year for this Meritage.
93 POINTS - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, December 28, 2007 “The vintage is exemplified beautifully by the 2005 Trilogy. This is a superb example of this proprietary red. Beautiful deep red, blue, and black gruits all intermingle with some crushed rock, lavender, and spice box in a very scented bouquet. In the mouth, it is layered, medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, gorgeous purity, and length. This is a stunning wine that should drink nicely for 15 or more years.”
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Flora Springs Trilogy
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.
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.
I have never tasted a more compelling example of Flora Springs' Trilogy Proprietary Red Wine than the 1994. It is one of the stand outs of the 1994 California Cabernet Sauvignon barrel tastings. The wine boasts an opaque purple color, a huge, sweet, pure nose of blueberries and blackberries gently infused with toasty oak and spice. Full-bodied, with fabulous purity, this multidimensional, layered wine builds in the mouth, finishing with spectacular length and balance. It appears to be an awesome, totally riveting example of a wine that should drink well from 2000-2020. Wow!
Another wine that I've watched develop over the past decade. Trilogy goes from strength to strength. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc; with vivid fruit, it usually drinks very well on release but is capable of aging.
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this is a good, smooth wine that shows its Napa origins in the ripeness of fruit and classy tannins. Floods the mouth with blackberries and oak. There's a certain sharpness that cuts through the richness and lasts through the finish, which may limit ageability, so drink soon.
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.