2017 Holiday Blend - Joyful Skater

2017 Holiday Blend - Joyful Skater

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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. This year Nat Komes found inspiration from a vintage greeting card he uncovered in his Grandmother Flora’s attic, an illustration of a cardinal perched on a holiday wreath. Christened the “Christmas bird” for its spectacular red color, the cardinal found its way onto each of our holiday designs, including this one, Joyful Skater, a fanciful depiction of Flora on skates. Although she always lived in warmer climates - Hawaii, San Francisco, Napa Valley - Flora loved the holiday season for its imagery and traditions.

Our 2017 Holiday Red Blend combines Bordeaux varietals from our estate vineyards in the Napa Valley AVAs of St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. The wine warms the heart with rich, mouth filling flavors of blackberries, purple plums and ripe blueberries, waves of marshmallow dust and a whiff of cocoa powder. There’s a fitting seasonal note of evergreen, along with vanilla crème, violets and a hint of fresh rain. Though plush and full-bodied, this classic Napa Valley blend has a pleasing streak of acidity and sleek, elegant tannins that provide balance and length. The wine is a festive addition to the holiday table, a fitting accompaniment to crown roast of pork, beef tenderloin, smoked beef brisket or a cheesy baked lasagne.  

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:A blend of red Bordeaux varietals
Cases Produced:168
Aging:21  months in French (92%) and American (%2) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Enjoy now through 2028

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 which we managed throughout the season.  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. 

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 the week of October 1. We will be in touch when your order is ready to ship.