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2015 Napa Valley Merlot

2015 Napa Valley Merlot

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Our Napa Valley Merlot is a perennial favorite at the winery; in fact, it was known to be Flora Komes’ "go to" wine as she loved its bright fruit flavors and smooth, supple texture. The 2015 vintage falls in line with this profile, its continuity drawing from our sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. Opening with vibrant aromas of Bing cherry, pomegranate seed and fresh raspberry, the striking nose of this 100% Merlot also offers hints of espresso bean, cocoa and fresh mint. The palate is bold and sumptuous, centered on the same red fruit flavors and surrounded by notes of cedar, orange pekoe tea and baking spice. This is a readily approachable wine, with soft, harmonious tannins, a touch of well-integrated toasty vanillin oak, and a finish that is warm and lush.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Merlot
Cases Produced:4500
Aging:19 months in small oak barrels; mixture of new and seasoned.
Price:$30
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2021 for optimum enjoyment.

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.

92 Points
Blue Lifestyle
"Deep ruby color; tangy and balanced with fine structure and balance; if you were down on Merlot, this one could change your mind."
—Anthony Dias Blue, July 2018
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The Tennessean
"2015 Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot. Choice Napa grapes; soft, rich finish."
—Steve Prati, June 13, 2018
"...This wine is 100% merlot from the Napa Valley. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 19 months in a combination of new and used oak barrels...

The wine showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry, cassis, mocha, vanilla, plum and oak all arrived on the deep and alluring nose. Blackberry, black cherry, cassis, vanilla, plum and oak followed on the palate. The wine exhibited great structure and length, along with soft tannins. This wine would pair well with a grilled hanger steak..." Read more.
—Michael Chelus, The Nittany Epicurean, June 9, 2018
Drink up! This pair is delicious
Julia the Wine Examiner
"Flora Springs has created a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that celebrate winemaking skills and define elegance. Your time swirling and sipping these incredible selections is long past due." Read more. May 3, 2018
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Steve's Wine Cellar
"Flora Springs fruit comes from their prime, organic vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Flora Springs‘ latest release is the 2015 vintage–and what a vintage...

Flora Springs 2015 Merlot begins with aromas of raspberry and cocoa before laying down rich red fruit and smooth tannins on the palate." Read more. May 1, 2018
90 points
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge, April 2018