2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc


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Our Soliloquy Vineyard in Napa Valley's Oakville appellation is the source of the majority of this 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, while the balance is from another one of our vineyards just up the road. Our family has farmed these vineyards for over two decades. During the growing season, warm days and cool evenings provide an ideal climate for Sauvignon Blanc, allowing the variety’s natural fruit flavors and acidity to develop in tandem. To impart complexity in both flavor and texture, the wine was aged for seven months in a combination of vessels including stainless steel tanks, large wooden oval casks, concrete tanks, small oak barrels and stainless steel drums. The wine in barrel rested on its lees and was stirred every two weeks, re-suspending the lees and lending a creamy texture to the finished wine. Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc offers a bright yet expansive mouthfeel with flavors of grapefruit, pear, nectarine and honeydew melon alongside aromatic notes of lychee and orange blossom. Hints of graham cracker and brown spice join an appealing, luxurious note of creaminess. This is a superbly balanced wine, broadly textured yet crisp with a smooth, spicy finish.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Sauvignon Blanc (60% Soliloquy clone, 40% Musque clone)
Cases Produced:4,100
Aging:7 months in a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks, French oak barrels and stainless steel drums
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2020 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to the 2016 growing season, a near perfect year with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest. Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.

Gold Medal
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, May 2018

92 points - 2 Puffs
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
If a little reluctant on first nosing, this precise, very keenly focused youngster needs no more than a few moments of airing before showing itself to be a Sauvignon Blanc of considerable layering and depth, and its aromatic teases are an enticing prelude to a refined and wonderfully well-balanced wine on the palate. It is as lively as it is polished and tastes of melons, minerals, citrus and touches of fresh grass, and it exhibits altogether remarkable staying power and length. It is delicious right now, but experience teaches that serious Sauvignon Blanc can age famously for years, and this is one to bet on with abandon. - August 2017

91 points
"Smooth and lush with bright citrus, ripe fruit and mineral notes; balanced and long with fresh, layered flavors."
—Anthony Dias Blue, June 2017

"...Well structured Sauvignon Blancs are hard to find — but with the clonal mix along with the combination of different aging techniques, that’s exactly what Flora Springs have produced with this 2016 vintage..." Read more.
—Stacey Briscoe, Briscoe Bites, August 2017

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"Quite elegant, with long-lasting flavors of apples and lime." Read more.

June Round-Up: Spring and Summer Sample Standouts
This wine had depth and layers. I kept discovering new things in the glass as I tasted. There was grapefruit, pear, nectarine, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, floral notes, brown sugar and it brought me back to remembering what I loved about the Orange Julius drink of my childhood. Flora Springs is also on a mission of creating a white wine emoji and has launched a “Where is the #WhiteWineEmoji” campaign.  Because that should be a given!  Why should red wine have all the fun?" Read more.