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2016 All Hallows' Eve Merlot

2016 All Hallows' Eve Merlot

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Limit 6 bottles per person.

For our 2017 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc, Nat Komes collaborated with artist, comic book illustrator and graphic novelist Steve Ellis, who is considered a digital comics pioneer. Nat wished to evoke the mystery of a spooky moonlit winery on Hallows’ Eve (the day before All Saints Day, aka Halloween), with grapes in bins waiting for crush, curiously-lit windows, and to top it off, a menacing rat possessed by the grapes in its grasp. Ellis masterfully combined these elements to create one of the eeriest All Hallows' Eve labels yet, one that will make you think twice about hanging around a winery on this night of all nights.

The Cabernet Franc wine comes from a small block near John Komes’ home on the Rutherford side of the Komes Ranch. This is a smooth, rich, mouth-coating red, with ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry liqueur and luscious, warm notes of cardamom, kola nut and toasted marshmallow. This wine is sure to light up a dark and stormy night, and would be an ideal accompaniment to cheesy baked pasta, Portobello mushroom burgers or a classic cassoulet.

All the Facts

Appellation:Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Franc
Cases Produced:330
Aging:21 months in French and American oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2024

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.


Wine for Halloween

Grade: A-
Score: 92

IntoWine
"So this is apparently produced for the Flora Springs wine club. They make 330 cases of it. It has a really fun label and I guess the idea is to serve it for Halloween parties. Seems like a pretty specific target audience, but I salute them for having fun with it. They actually have a whole series of Halloween wines. The wine itself is outstanding and I am not sure if it gets some short shrift due to the fun label. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and spice. On the palate, black cherry fruit. Slight tannins. Some depth. Drinking well now. I suppose the obvious food match is Halloween candy. It would be interesting to know more about the fruit choices and sources, but this wine is drinking well now and should easily last another five to seven years. It may still develop and get a point or two better. That's assuming you don't hand it out to the parents of the trick or treater's."
Read more. September 2019


93 points
Blue Lifestyle
"Deep ruby color; lush plum and toast nose; smooth, toasty and long with plum and berry fruit, spice and firm acid structure; another lovely effort from this exceptional family-owned winery."—Anthony Dias Blue, August 2019