2014 Flora Springs "Trilogy" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $75)

SKU #1319381 95 points James Suckling

 I like the juicy fruit and peat and mushrooms. Full-bodied, juicy and fruity. Soft and round tannins and a pretty finish. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 7% petit verdot and 6% malbec. Drink in 2020.  (1/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Their 2014 Trilogy is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. It is a wine of suppleness, complexity and loads of licorice, tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, spice and some background oak and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit, texture and length, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 or so years, although it is already displaying its undeniable charm and lusciousness. (RP)  (12/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot from the trio of this blend, yielding rounded, red fruit-driven flavor. Dense tannins shoulder its body and weight, as savory anise, dried herb and pencil characteristics figure in. (VB)  (8/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy checks in as 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, and 6% Petite Verdot that was brought up in a mix of French and American oak. With full-bodied richness, a ripe, rounded, concentrated style, and terrific notes of incense, potpourri, tobacco and spicy dark fruits, it’s already drinking nicely yet will last for a decade.  (12/2017)

90 points Decanter

 Medium-bodied and approachable, with some underlying tannins to balance the sweet fruit. Dark bitter chocolate emerges, alongside a pleasant sweetness and a slight raisiny character. Drinking Window 2019 - 2027 (panel tasting)  (10/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Offers tight-knit flavors of cedar, olive, plum and blackberry, with touches of crushed rock and graphite, ending with the rocky theme, in a pleasing way. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2027. 4,300 cases made. (JL)  (12/2017)

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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 Médoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2