2017 Soliloquy

2017 Soliloquy


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The Komes-Garvey family has spent thirty years nurturing our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville where our proprietary Soliloquy clone of Sauvignon Blanc is planted. This clone is unique to Flora Springs, certified by UC Davis as distinctive and unlike more common Sauvignon Blanc clones in Napa Valley. We’ve always admired the clone for its purity of flavor, and have preserved it in a block that is easily the finest in the Crossroads Vineyard. Our 2017 Soliloquy is an evolution of this wine, the upshot of vineyard experience and winemaking innovation. It comes after five years of winemaking trials as we experimented with a variety of blending, fermentation and aging techniques to create the best possible Soliloquy. Our 2017 is unlike anything we have made before. With a nod to our history of innovation, Soliloquy is a wine worthy of its portfolio companion, our flagship red wine blend, Trilogy.

Our 2017 Soliloquy is a complex, multi-layered white wine blend offering bright flavors of grapefruit, lime, fresh apricot, and yellow peach along with distinctive floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and white gardenia. This is a mouthfilling, rich and layered wine with vivid, forward fruit, a pleasant creamy mid-palate and a long, smooth floral/spicy finish.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:A Blend of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Mediterranean Varietals
Cases Produced:300
Aging:7 months in a combination of French oak barrels and oak puncheons
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2020 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

Note to the reader: 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, please refer to our blog.

93 points
The Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Soliloquy is blended of 44% Sauvignon Blanc, 42% Chardonnay and 14% Malvasia. It reveals key lime pie, lemon tart and green apples on the nose with wafts of mandarin peel and peach blossoms. The palate is medium-bodied with beautifully fragrant citrus layers and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed."
—Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018
90 points
Wine Spectator
"Expressive and fragrant, with honeysuckle and peppery rose petal aromas that mingle with Key lime, melon and green apple flavors. A touch of peach lingers on the juicy finish. Harmonious and elegant, set on a supple frame. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Malvasia. Drink now. 300 cases made."

—Maryann Worobiec, December 2018