Flora Springs Trilogy 2007
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 2007 exhibits all of 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 for an everlasting finish. Unrelenting with power and grace, the 2007 Trilogy, our 23rd release, beautifully marries the complexity and elegance of our earlier vintages with the sheer bravado of our favorite vintages during the late 90's.
Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves.
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I have never tasted a more compelling example of Flora Springsrsquo; 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 2000ndash;2020. Wow!
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 winersquo;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 12ndash;15 years.
Another wine that Irsquo;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.
This blend of three classic Bordeaux varieties mdash; and thus the name, of course mdash; suggests the softness and grace of Margaux or St.-Julien. Cabernet sauvignon (41%) is matched well with merlot (38%), with cabernet franc (21%) adding its distinctive color and a bit of oomph. This is a blend uncommon for California, but it works. Irsquo;d give it two to five years for the components to knit as they should.
No one was more critical of Flora Springsrsquo; proprietary red wine, Trilogy, than I during the eighties. Things have unquestionably changed, as this wine, usually a blend of approximately 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, has become a serious entry into the high quality proprietary red wine sweepstakes. It is aged in 50% new French oak, and since 1991 does not appear to have been processed. Consequently, it is far more lively, with a more natural texture, greater aromatics, and a creamier, more pleasing flavor profile. The 1991 Trilogy offers a cassis, smoky, blackcurrant-scented nose, elegant, soft, medium-bodied flavors, moderate tannin, and a complex, cedary, black fruit profile. Drink it over the next 10ndash;12 years.
The 2002 Trilogy has a touch of Petit Verdot added. It comes across as an elegant Napa version of a St.-Emilion. Displaying notes of dried herbs intermixed with fruitcake, spice box, red and black currants, as well as a notion of toasty oak, the wine is medium to full-bodied, measured, elegant, and French-like in style. It is not a blockbuster or over-the-top style of wine by any means, but one of restraint and elegance. Drink it over the next 10ndash;12 years.
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 estatersquo;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 7ndash;8 years of life.
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