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2015 Ghost Winery Malbec

2015 Ghost Winery Malbec

$60.00

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Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original "ghost wineries" – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to the triple threat of the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression, and of course Prohibition. Today, some of the ghost wineries still exist as tumbledown ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle a small amount of estate-grown Malbec in honor of our winery’s illustrious history. Featuring a hand-drawn etching of our historic stone cellar, the Ghost Winery Malbec evokes early Flora Springs labels in its look and typeface.

Sourced from two small blocks within Komes Ranch in Rutherford, this limited-production Malbec from the 2015 vintage will arouse your senses with its aromas and flavors of deep fruits including dark plum, blueberry and blackberry. The wine glides easily over the palate as it gains density and weight, its fruit is deftly balanced with notes of warm baking spice, bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

All the Facts

Appellation:Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Malbec
Cases Produced:490
Aging:22 months 100% barrel aged – 32% New, 40% 1 year, 16% 2 year and 13% 3 year
Price:$55
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2025

On the Vine

The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley will be remembered for high quality but low yields. The growing season began with warm temperatures in late winter and early spring resulting in an early bud break. In May, colder temperatures during bloom caused fruit set to be uneven, yielding a much smaller crop compared to earlier vintages. Winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly. The harvest, which was in full swing by mid-August, was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, and most vintners completed picking by mid-October. Although the continuing drought was a concern around California, Napa Valley received 75% of its annual rainfall average in 2015 making it less worrisome for Napa vintners.

Halloween Wine Selections in Napa Valley
Napa Valley Life Magazine

Trick or Treat with a ghostly blend of wine with Flora Springs All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc, 2015 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

These devilishly delicious wine picks will satisfy the most blood thirsty vampire in your group, as well as the white wine-loving witch. Watch out for wicked cool labels created by Jeremy Fish of San Francisco and official Artist in Residence at Coit Tower. His artwork is mainly about storytelling and communication, told through a library of characters and symbols with an emphasis on finding a balance with the imagery somewhere between all things cute and creepy.

These spooky labels complement the fact that Flora Spring’s has been designation as one of the original “ghost wineries” in Napa Valley. All the wineries built between 1860 and 1900 were abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. These limited production wines sell out fast, but you can keep them in mind for the next dark, dark night, I highly recommend the following Spooky AND delicious selection.

"Ghost Winery" is the third in the Flora Springs Halloween Trilogy wine and can be purchased as a 6 pack for your spooky celebration. Ghost Winery is an all-together unearthly Pinot, crafted from grapes grown in Sonoma and Monterey Counties and a delicious addition for your pinot-loving ghouls. Read more