2012 Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Fresh and fruity, this elegant Cab is supported by smaller percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Firm tannins and a low imprint of oak allow the cinnamon-dusted black cherry and cassis to speak, girded by a fine structure and peppery finish.
* Best Buy on the Market - Remains one of our favorites and still has few peers at the price * Serious Cabernet at the forty-dollar price point has become a fairly rare commodity these days, but this one delivers the goods, and its combination of fruity depth, very careful proportion and a genuinely complex varietal voice is one that earns it high praise indeed. It is supple and fleshy with a fine sense of solidity, and yet it is always trim and well-balanced, and all of its many parts mesh seamlessly together. Its polish is such that it will almost certainly invite early drinking, but very good things lie ahead for this one, and the smart money says to wait for a few years.
Up-front notes of creamy, toasty oak make for a pleasant introduction, leading the way for supple blackberry and wild berry fruit, accented by shades of espresso and licorice. Ends clean and pure. Drink now through 2024. 6,876 cases made.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. Dark berry fruit, smoke and saddle leather on the nose. A violet perfume. Palate is juicy, chocolatey with ripe plums and blueberries. Pleasant round mouthfeel, with fine tannins and an impressive restraint despite the juicy fruit. Long, balanced, bright fruit, oak spice and clean earth finish.
Flora Springs has bottled an excellent value in this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the fine and generous vintage. Grapes were sourced from across the valley, including a large portion of mid-valley fruit from the likes of Rutherford and Oakville. The wine spent 22 months in oak (71% French & 29% American) before being bottled with a splash of Malbec and Petit Verdot. From the winery: "This is a bold, rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a beautiful core of dark, brambly fruit -- black cherry, black raspberry and boysenberry -- framed by spicy notes of black pepper, anise, clove, cinnamon stick and fresh sage. Lush and full-bodied, the wine shows off sweet oak notes and a vanillin-tinged finish that is smooth and silky."