2001 Flora Springs "Trilogy" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1008206 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of this trio is the elegant, classic, seemingly fully mature 2001 Trilogy, a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Displaying beautiful finesse and richness as well as a layered mouthfeel, it offers up notes of red and black currants, hints of blue fruits and raspberries, camphor, sweet oak, forest floor and underbrush. This complex red could easily pass for a top-notch Bordeaux given its finesse and overall balance. It should continue to provide pleasure for a decade or more.  (6/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Comes down on the tough side, with tannins that bury the fruit. Clearly a young, rather aggressive wine, but one whose deep core of black cherry and blackberry fruit has good potential. Cellar for a good six years.  (9/2004)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Hinting at a bit of herbs in the nose, but principally smelling of sweet cherries, caramel and cappuccino, this fairly vital young wine follows with medium-deep flavors of slightly nervy, not quite fully extracted fruit. If just tough enough at the end to dissuade early drinking, it is never so tannic as to call for extended keeping, and it will show its best face if cellared for four or five years.  (8/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Smooth, with creamy oak woven in with the rich, supple herb, spice, plum and cherry notes, finishing with supple texture, with the fruit and wood merging on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Tasted three times, with consistent notes. Drink now through 2008.  (11/2004)


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.