2017 Flora's Legacy Chardonnay

2017 Flora's Legacy Chardonnay


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Our Flora’s Legacy Chardonnay is a limited-production, one-of-kind wine made in honor of Flora Komes, our mother, grandmother, and the woman who inspired the founding of Flora Springs Winery. Every year we involve the whole family in the creation of this wine, a barrel selection of the finest Chardonnay of the vintage.

The 2017 vintage is sourced from our estate-owned Lavender Hill Vineyard in the Carneros appellation and other vineyards in the Napa Valley appellation. The wine was fermented and aged for seven months in small French (83%) and American (17%) oak barrels, with lees stirring every two weeks and approximately 13% malolactic fermentation. This is a beautifully rendered wine with flavors of pear, pineapple and guava and hints of honeydew melon and Meyer lemon. Accents of coconut, vanilla custard and brown butter bring an impression of creamy richness, yet there’s a refreshing acidity to the wine that keeps it lively and crisp. This is a deeply satisfying Chardonnay with a juicy, full-bodied profile and lingering notes of honey and caramel on the finish. Grilled, marinated shrimp skewers, crab cakes or chicken with a Dijon mustard cream sauce would make fine matches for this Napa Valley Chardonnay.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Chardonnay
Aging:7 months in French (83%) & American (17%) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2022 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. Pat and Sean Garvey and the rest of our vineyard team were vigilant about canopy management, removing excess leaves from the vines 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. Harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs’ grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.

Note: The infamous wildfires that swept through Napa Valley started on October 8, 2017, just one day after Flora Springs had completed its harvest. For more on the 2017 harvest and fires, we invite you to read our blog.