DR. GONZO’S SUPER SECRET STASH, PART ONE: A FOURSOME FROM FLORA SPRINGS

2013-02-07 14.44.46

Part of Dr. Gonzo’s assorted sample box were four wines from one of my favorite Napa producers, Flora Springs:

Flora Springs Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Medium-bodied white wine with hints of stone fruits, popcorn, crème brulee and vanilla bean.

Flora Springs Merlot Napa Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Lovely, medium-to-full-bodied red with dense blue fruits, brown spices, cedar and mint.  Well-balanced, supple and smooth through to the finish.

Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008.  Grade=Amazing.  A big, bold Cab packed with dense notes of blackberries, cassis, mint and pepper, firm tannins, and nuances of dark chocolate, tobacco and spice.

Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2008.  Grade=Amazing.  This gorgeous Bordeaux-styled red blend is layered with red and black berry fruits, cracked black pepper, tobacco, truffle, and sage notes.  Full-bodied, voluptuous mouthfeel and smooth, supple tannins give this wine a lot of heft, yet it demonstrates considerable finesse across the palate.

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