2016 Holiday Blend - Silver Bells AEG

2016 Holiday Blend - Silver Bells AEG

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Our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles are one of Flora Springs’ most treasured traditions, a way for us to give our wine club members exclusive access to rare wines in festive, one-of-a-kind bottlings. Each year Nat Komes lets the creative juices flow as he and his team come up with new artful designs, many of them inspired by the holiday traditions we enjoy in our own homes. “When a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!” Remember that line from It’s a Wonderful Life? That’s the inspiration behind our Silver Bells design, a tribute to one of Flora’s all-time favorite holiday films. Note the vintage Flora Springs script on one of the bells!

Once again we’ve created a special red wine blend for our Holiday Bottles, this time from the 2016 vintage. Combining red Bordeaux varietals from our estate vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford, this red blend is a cheery tribute to the season, with warm flavors of baked cherry, sun-ripened blackberry and black currant along with hints of cola, maple syrup and mulling spices. This is an approachable, full-bodied wine with smooth tannins, plenty of palate richness and a long, persistent finish; a crowd-pleasing Napa Valley red. Traditional holiday foods are the ticket here: roast turkey with all the trimmings, bone-in standing rib roast or butternut squash-filled ravioli would all do nicely.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:A blend of red Bordeaux varietals
Cases Produced:305 - very limited, will sell out
Aging:19  months in French (88%) and American (%12) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2027

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to an ideal 2016 growing season, one with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest in our Napa Valley estate vineyards. Our winemaker and vineyard managers – Paul Steinauer and Pat and Sean Garvey - worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.

Our Etched Holiday Wines are a year-round labor of love. Watch the behind-the-scenes views of the craftsmanship that goes in to each and every etched bottle.  See the entire process - from growing grapes and winemaking, to barrel-aging in the caves, to bottling, to creating the art stencils, to etching, to hand-painting...and lastly the final touches - all to bring you a beautiful bottle for your holiday celebration.
We make it easy for you to share the best of Wine Country this holiday. Our customer service experts are standing by to assist with all your personal shopping needs - including unique gift ideas, custom note cards, special delivery requirements, and large corporate gift orders. Please contact us at or call (800) 913-1118..
Please note: This wine will ship after 10/1/2019. We will be in touch when your order is ready to ship.