2017 Family Select Chardonnay

2017 Family Select Chardonnay

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Our 2017 Family Select Chardonnay is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Oak Knoll District and Carneros, two distinct south-Napa Valley appellations. Blending wines from these cool-climate regions and fermenting and aging the fruit in a combination of French and American oak barrels endow this Chardonnay with a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, beautifully textured wine shows bright fruit notes of Red Delicious apple, Meyer lemon, honeydew melon and tropical fruit layered with hints of toasty oak, vanilla, cinnamon spice and toasted almond. The wine was stirred on the lees twice a week for six months, lending it a creamy, mouth-filling texture. There’s also a note of butterscotch from partial malolactic fermentation, but the natural acidity keeps the overall impression crisp and refreshing.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Chardonnay
Cases Produced:1,000
Aging:7 months in French (86%) & American (14%) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2021 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

2017 began with winter rain, and lots of it, enough to fill reservoirs, replenish groundwater and bring a five year drought in California to an end. Our spring weather was mild, and due to the abundance of water the vines experienced vigorous growth. We were vigilant about canopy management, going through our vineyards and removing excess leaves to ensure the developing grapes had adequate sunlight and air flow. With just a few summer heat spikes, it first appeared that harvest would proceed at a normal pace, but a heat wave over Labor Day weekend hastened picking during the first two weeks of September. Cooler temperatures arrived in mid-September, giving our red fruit extra time on the vine. Overall though, harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs’ grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.

90 points
Wine Enthusiast, April 2019
90 points
Blue Lifestyle
"Smooth and creamy with restrained acidity and tangy finish; balanced and long."
Anthony Dias Blue, February 2019

A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal With Non-Traditional Wines
South Florida Reporter
"For more than 30 years we have been advising readers what to drink on Thanksgiving. While our cohorts come up with new twists that involve unusual grape varieties, we stick to the advice that always works for us. Other than cabernet sauvignon, almost any wine marries well with the traditional turkey dinner. And, to satisfy all palates, we put red and white wine on the table.

Flora Springs Family Select an excellent Napa Valley wine for the price. Medium in body, it has apple and ripe melon flavors with hints of vanilla and cinnamon spice. Velvet mouthfeel and a long finish." Read more. November 11, 2018
"Here is a nicely defined, no-frills Chardonnay that goes right to the variety’s fruit point with a continuous fix on fresh apples and a subtle complement of mildly creamy oak. It is medium-full in body with fine acid balance and is enlivened by plenty of youthful is a carefully crafted wine that is varietally well-focused and long on fruity confidence with the potential for a few years of growth."
—Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, 
November 2018
For those who love it, is every day Chardonnay Day?
Western Farm Press

"Each year, the Thursday before Memorial Day is when Chardonnay wine lovers celebrate the most popular and most-planted grape (96,819 acres) in California. Most California wineries produce wines from this varietal that are outstanding, rich, and elegant.

Flora Springs’ varietal is a great example: It tempts with pale straw in the glass, beckoning with aromas of lemon rind, juicy apple, and warm almonds. Bright flavors of honeydew melon, guava, and pineapple linger in a hint of honey finish. Pour this with grilled sand dabs and avocado and chicken salad..." Read more.
—Julia Hollister, June 13, 2018