2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc

2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc


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It's that time of year again when we conjure up the ghost of spirits past with our Ghost Winery bottling. This year we have not one but two wines – this 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc and a 2012 Napa Valley Malbec - that celebrate the century-old "ghost winery" here on our property in St. Helena. Built in 1885 and carefully renovated by Flora and Jerry Komes in 1977, this historic stone cellar may have more than a few ghosts lingering within its storied walls - funny how no one wants to work here late at night!

Sourced entirely from the Komes Vineyard in Rutherford, this limited-production Cabernet Franc from the highly-acclaimed 2012 vintage has remarkable spice flavors and bright red fruit that might just send shivers down your spine! With aromas of sage, turmeric, clove, and flowering mint, the wine is swathed in bold tannins and flavors of cherry, Albion strawberries, white pepper, cinnamon, and allspice. Lavishly flavored and lush on the palate, the wine is finely balanced with a lingering finish of leather, tobacco, and cedar.

Label Design
Our 2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc will be the last “ghost” wine to feature a label designed exclusively for the vintage by Virginia-based artist Wes Freed, best known for his Drive By Truckers CD cover art. We are deeply grateful to Wes for collaborating with us on this series; his creativity, imagination and spooky sense of fun have always made this one of our favorite projects of the year!

All the Facts

Appellation:Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Franc
Cases Produced:442
Aging:20 months in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 2/3 seasoned)
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2019 for optimum enjoyment.

The 2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc bottle is finished with a randomly selected black or orange wax-dipped capsule.

Wine of the Week
St. Helena Star
"The name Wes sends chills up my spine; no offense to the designer, Wes Freed, who created the eerily fun label on Flora Springs’ Halloween-inspired wine.

The designer shares first names with the man who took horror to new heights in films like “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Fifteen years later, I still cringe when I hear just the name of a Wes Craven film.

Luckily, this Ghost Winery label can dominate dinner conversation on Halloween, not white masks. The wine ($50) is rich and fruity, more syrah-like than characteristic cabernet franc; but delicious – and good fun.

Flora Springs is one of the valley’s treasured ghost wineries: first built in the late 1800s, abandoned, and then gloriously resurrected.

You can see this Halloween label on, or by visiting the winery. If your name is Nancy, however, we highly suggest you don’t run through the hallways..."
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— Catherine Bugue, Tasting Panel Writer, St. Helena Star

Eat, Drink, Play - Food, Wine & Travel
San Jose Mercury News
"Every year, Flora Springs Winery in St. Helena releases an October wine in recognition of its ghostly roots. A ghost winery refers to a winery built between 1860 and 1900 that was abandoned in the early 20th century -- either due to the vine disease, phylloxera, or Prohibition -- then restored (the historic Flora Springs building now operates as the winery's cellar). Chateau Montelena, Charles Krug, Freemark Abbey and La Jota all qualify as ghost wineries.

This year, Flora Springs is releasing two Ghost Winery wines, the spicy, bone-tingling 2012 Cabernet Franc ($50) and the 2012 Malbec ($55), full of fleshy fruit and monster tannins.
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Wine of the Week
The Press Democrat
4-star, A cab franc with aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, herbs and spice. What gives this an edge is its range of flavors. It also has bright acid and nice length. Impressive." Read more.
— Peg Melnick, Wine Writer, The Press Democrat

What is a 'ghost winery' ?
"Just in time for bewitching tales and spirits, Flora Springs brings forth two wines to coincide with Halloween.

The Napa Valley winery has the distinction of being home to one of the regions original “ghost wineries.” These were built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to three “curses”: the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression and Prohibition.

Some remain shuttered but Flora Springs was restored and produces wickedly delicious selections.

Its 2012 small production malbec ($55) exudes chocolate, ripe plum and blueberry notes followed by thrilling spice, cedar and white pepper flavors. This is a muscular wine not meant for the faint of heart; but for those who dare to sip into the dark.

Behind the whimsical label of barren, stark vineyards, skeletons and tombstones, is the limited production 2012 cabernet franc ($50). But, don’t be afraid. Aromas of clove and sage gently tempt the senses as haunting flavors of cinnamon, dark cherry and strawberries seduce the palate.

So, light the candles and let mysterious forces bring magic into your glass."
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— Julia Hollister, Northern California Wine Examiner,