2012 Flora Springs "Trilogy" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
**Cellar Selection** Chalky tannins and subdued fruit and tannin weight make this an inviting, food-friendly wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Made from estate vineyards, it’s rich in black cherry and dark chocolate, concentrated and layered. It ends in a spicy back note of pepper. Cellar through 2022. (VB)
Notable for its sense of crafting and polish and a wine of considerable richness and depth, the latest Trilogy rounds out an impressive collection of 2012 Cabernets from Flora Springs. It is the most accessible and open of the bunch, yet in spite of its refinement and inviting fruity charms, it has the kind of structure and stamina that encourages keeping. It looks to age famously and gain in grace for another five to eight years.
The pure, intense and vibrant fruit is rich, focused, deep and expansive without being weighty. The core of dark berry, mineral, graphite and cedary notes gain nuance while retaining structure and purpose. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 4,882 cases made. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of this estate’s most iconic red wines is their Proprietary Red Trilogy, which was first introduced 30 years ago. The 2012 Proprietary Red Trilogy is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest equal parts Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. An elegant, Bordeaux-styled effort, it reveals notes of red and blackcurrants, cherries and spice box, medium body, a savory, stylish, impeccably well-balanced style, and a Margaux-like fragrance. The 2012 is already supple and velvety, so enjoy it now and over the next 10-15 years. (RP)