2015 Soliloquy Oakville Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Soliloquy Oakville Sauvignon Blanc


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Sourced entirely from our Soliloquy Vineyard in the heart of the famed Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, the 2015 Flora Soliloquy advances our family’s vision of producing a world class Sauvignon Blanc, one that eloquently expresses the distinctive vineyard in which it was grown as well as the proprietary Soliloquy clone. Made with hand-picked grapes from the finest blocks in the vineyard, the 2015 Soliloquy was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak puncheons and aged in seasoned French oak barrels (31%) and stainless steel drums (69%). The wine stayed on the lees for 8 months with twice monthly stirring to add creaminessand depth. Thirty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.

This thoughtfully-made Sauvignon Blanc has serious intention, displaying captivating notes of passionfruit, Golden Delicious apple, rose petal and a hint of lychee. The lees contact and stirring endows the wine with a lovely, viscous texture, and the mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and generously textured. Notes of graham cracker and caramel linger on the palate, though the wine holds the line with enough citrus-y acid to keep it fresh and lively. A noble Sauvignon Blanc from an appellation that is ideal for this varietal.

All the Facts

Appellation:Oakville, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cases Produced:250
Aging:8 months in a combination of seasoned French oak barrels (31%) and stainless steel drums (69%)
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2019 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

Our Soliloquy vineyard in Oakville is named for Flora Springs’ proprietary "Soliloquy" clone, which was certified by the University of California, Davis in the 1980s. While many vineyards in Oakville were planted over to Cabernet Sauvignon long ago, our family has retained these special vines as a testament to this extraordinary site and to the potential for Sauvignon Blanc to stand side by side with Trilogy, Flora Springs’ flagship red wine. The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley will be remembered for high quality but low yields and one of the earliest harvests on record.

What to Drink Now
D Magazine
"Flora Springs sur lie ages their Soliloquy Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc in oak and stainless steel for eight months, adding complexity, enhancing honeysuckle, cream, and stone-fruit notes." Read more.

88 points
The Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Soliloquy is an attractive, honeyed, melony style of Sauvignon, with medium body, an enticing texture, and excellent freshness and fruit purity. Drink it over the next several years. Drink Date: 2016-2019"
Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

Flora Springs Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc Review
Appearance: In the glass, Soliloquy is light brassy in color, similar to white gold. Legs were tightly spaced and quite slow to fall. Al described it as “very viscous.” We also noted small, fine bubbles at the very bottom of the glass.

Aroma: While not apparent from afar, up close we noted pear, sweet grapefruit and a little wood smoke. One thing that amazed us both was how little, if any, alcohol burn we noticed. Flora Springs Soliloquy alcohol content 14.4% by volume, per the bottle.

Taste: Given the sweetness of the aroma, I was pleasantly surprised with flavors of chamomile and light citrus. Al noted some citrus on the soft palate along with a note of grapefruit zest.  He agreed with my hint of chamomile as well.

Finish: We both agreed the wine had a long and enjoyable finish, lingering for a good fourteen seconds on the palate.

Overall Opinion: Overall, we both greatly enjoyed this wine. Comments were:  “Smooth, outstanding, complex, keeps me guessing and lots of pleasant surprises. Highly recommend!" Read more.

91 points
The Tasting Panel Magazine
"Smooth and lush with bright, juicy lime and complex fruit; silky, elegant and long." Read more.
—Anthony Dias Blue

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The Daily Meal
"Very elegant and enjoyable, with notes of pears, tropical fruits, and dried fruit." Read more.