2015 Trilogy Magnum

2015 Trilogy Magnum


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Twice the size of a standard wine bottle at 1.5 liters, magnums are ideal for entertaining, for extended aging -  and also make stunning gifts. Make it an occasion by establishing a focal point and create unforgettable memories. Our large format Trilogy delivers the utmost expression of great Napa Valley wine. 

Trilogy is one of Napa Valley’s first Bordeaux-style red blends dating back to 1984 when the Komes family sought to make the best wine possible from high-quality wine lots, culled from their Napa Valley estate vineyards. The 2015 Trilogy brings together Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot from St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. It is bold, rich and highly extracted. This generous red wine is packed with boysenberry, black cherry, dark plum and black currant layered with milk chocolate, vanilla bean, cola and a hint of earthy cedar. Seasoned French and American oak adds just the right amount of toasty warmth, and the wine's tannins, while firm, are round and smooth. This is a decadent wine with abundant fruit, and umami-like unctuousness that leads to a long, satisfying finish.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot
Cases Produced:200 6-bottle cases
Aging:18 months, 85% French oak, 15% American oak
Price:$190/1.5 mL bottle
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2026 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

2015 will be remembered for its low yields and elevated grape quality. The growing season began with warm temperatures resulting in an early bud break. Cool temperatures during bloom caused fruit set to be uneven, yielding a much smaller crop compared to earlier vintages. Harvest was in full swing by mid-August one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, and most vintners completed picking by mid-October. Napa Valley received 75% of its annual rainfall average in 2015 making it more favorable for Napa vintners than in other drought stricken areas of California. Overall the vintage promises immediate enjoyability as well as long-term aging potential which will undoubtedly soften and refine the tannins.

We have standard Trilogy magnums as well as a limited number of 2015 Trilogy hand-painted, etched magnums available. Call (800) 913-1118 to acquire.

92 points
Wine Spectator
"This is solid, with a core of crushed plum and warmed raspberry puree flavors inlaid liberally with anise and apple wood notes. Shows juicy, brambly energy through the finish that brings you back for more. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."—James Molesworth, February 2019

93 points
The Wine Advocate
"A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy offers up aromas of cassis, blackberries and black cherries with hints of vanilla, chocolate and baking spices. Full-bodied, concentrated, expressive and open for business, it's spicy and velvety in the mouth with a long finish."
—Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, October 2017
93 points
"Hot stones, oyster shell, ripe stems, pressed violets and nutmeg. Full-bodied with round, ripe tannins that are structured and dense, fine acidity and a fruit-forward finish. A blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon, 10% malbec and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2020."
—James Sucking, December 2017

93 points
Blue Lifestyle
"Lush and rich with smooth texture and lush plum and berry fruit; dense and rich, deep and showing promise for aging."
—Anthony Dias Blue, January 2018

93 points
The Tasting Panel Magazine
April 2018

91 points & Best of Class
California State Fair
April 2018

90 points
Wine Enthusiast
April 2018

90 points
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge
April 2018

90 points
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"On the basis of its ripe and fairly juicy, oak-sweetened aromas, it is easy enough to anticipate that this one will be rounded, ready-to-drink wine, but, if its initially up-front flavors are in fact fruity and very inviting in a way that distantly recalls good Merlot, it is all Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of its youthful tannins and obvious tactile grip. It is not ominously astringent, but it is firmly built and will take some time to make good on the promise of polish at which it now hints, and, while it warrants no less than three or four years of patience, we see it evolving favorably for seven to ten." April 2018

Attractive California Cabernet Sauvignon Picks
My Vine Spot
"...The wines featured in this post (the three Cs) are complex, complete, and compelling Cabernet Sauvignon wines. They are all from California, and from 2015—a vintage largely marked by warmth, drought, and accelerated harvest, which led to lower yields and high-quality fruit. Appealing, fruit-dominant Cabernet Sauvignon wines with big personalities are king of Napa Valley, and deservingly so...

With the holidays quickly approaching, any of the three wines I’ve reviewed below (or all, if they’ve made Santa’s berry good list) are fabulous gifts for the wine lover in your life. They will also shine brightly at holiday dinner parties...

This is one of Napa Valley’s first Bordeaux-style red blends. The creation of Trilogy goes back to 1984 (Van Halen put out a killer album that year, who remembers?). Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot, this wine pours an opaque purple color. It’s richly textured, mouth-coating, and concentrated, boasting aromas and flavors of ripe plum, kirsch liqueur and mocha, with dashes of vanilla-tinged oak and bittersweet dark chocolate. There are firm yet sweet tannins—mostly notable upfront—moderate acidity, and a lasting, fruit-driven finish, quite a pleasure to sip. Think robust dinner, fire pit/fireplace, or solitary sipper with soft music and a good book..." 
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—Dezel Quillen, October 2018
90 points
International Wine Report
"The 2015 Trilogy is an immense, ultra-modern Napa Valley red, composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petite Verdot which spent 18 months in 85% French oak and 15% American oak. It opens to profound aromatics of blackberry cobbler, crème de cassis, mocha, sweet spices, vanilla, sweet toasted oak and a touch of dusty notes all taking shape. Full-bodied, layered and intense on the palate, with profound depth and concentration. Ripe dark fruits and mocha flavors continue to resonate from its core, as it leads up to the long, mouth coating finish. Overall, this is a massive red, which should have at least a decade of evolution ahead..." Read more.
—J. D'Angelo, June 2018

Suggestions for rack restocking
The Tennessean
"Trilogy Red Wine, 2015, from Flora Springs was one of Napa's first Bordeaux-style red blendsnow it's a classic. Trilogy is like purple in the glass (even the winemaker calls it decadent)."
—Steve Prati, May 30, 2018

25 Wines to Drink Now or Lay Down for the Future
The Daily Meal
"You always want to have a few bottles of wine on hand that you can drink whenever the occasion arises, whether for tonight’s dinner, when friends drop by, or for an impromptu party. On the other hand, it's also nice to have a few bottles put away to drink in future years on special occasions...

A rich and delicious blend of mainly cabernet sauvignon with a little malbec and petit verdot, offering velvety flavors of blackberry and mulberry and a light oak accent." Read more.
—Roger Morris, March 21, 2018

Samples that Inspire a Rallying Cry Moment
"This was an unctuous wine that was packed with fruit – blackberry, cassis, black cherry, plum, chocolate, mocha, cedar and vanilla. It was nuanced and had depth. I kept discovering new flavors as we sipped. It was absolutely delicious."  Read more. March 18, 2018

Use of oak affects fruit character of cabernet sauvignon
Capital Gazette
"Flora Springs was a pioneer in making a Bordeaux blend — its first was in 1984. It’s no surprise, then, that experience and good fruit sources makes them a leader in hedonistic blends. Extracted dark fruit flavors with hints of pepper, chocolate and vanilla. Round tannins suggest good things to come." Read more.
—Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, February 21, 2018

There is 3x decadence in ‘Trilogy’
"Flora Springs has created a red Bordeaux blend that celebrates the incredible fusion of three varietals that define elegance. Your time swirling and sipping this incredible selection is long past due. This is bliss in a bottle...Open this seductive wine about 20 minutes before serving to allow aromas of Bing cherries, sweet cassis and blackberry to start the show. Then swirl and sip dark licorice, cola and cardamom flavors that explode on the palate and exit in a long, luxurious finish. Pour this "big" wine with "big" foods such as prime rib, bold burgers and meat laden pastas. Winemakers say this enticing, robust red wine can be enjoyed through the next decade; but why wait?" Read more. January 18, 2018
91+ points
Millennial Drinkers
"Deep and dark purplish ruby red. Layered nose with notes of vanilla bean, anise, cinnamon, cassis, blackberries and more baking spices. A little dark cocoa with some air. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full body potential. A little spicy on the palate with lots of red and black fruits. Notes of cinnamon and sweet spices too. Long and lingering finish. Still just a baby that will improve with a few months, even years in the bottle. Drink Dates: 2018 till 2030." Read more. January 25, 2018
Rated: A
"This year’s Trilogy is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot. For 2015, Trilogy cuts a soulful, silky, and seductive profile, bursting at the seams with fruit both fresh and dried — plump currants, fresh plums, and dense blackberry notes. The fruit is so powerful the wine comes across as slightly sweet at times, and it cuts easily through any sense of tannin that might otherwise cling to the palate. As the finish evolves, bramble notes emerge alongside some gentle leather and tobacco, with an herbal, clove-heavy note percolating on the finish. Lots going on here, but at the same time, the wine is so easy to drink that it is, at times, hard to put down."
Read more. January 31, 2018
2015 Trilogy Review
Wine Weirdos, featuring Allison Levine of Please the Palate and the Napa Valley Register