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by Fred McMillin
"Over the last ten years Flora Springs has established a fine record for its rich elegant wines. This is an often underrated property."
...Stephen Brook, The Wines of California, 1999
The Rest of the Story
Let's pick out an underrated Flora Springs red wine, their Merlot. The critics say:
At the Fort Mason campus of S.F. City College, my class tasted the latest vintage, the 1998. They liked it a lot...giving it a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. In fact, it's the best Merlot under $21 I've poured this year, so it's our:
Wine of the Day
1998 Flora Springs Merlot, Napa Valley, $20
Winemaker—Ken Dies is not underrated by his peers. He's now about to turn out his 23rd Flora Springs vintage. He selects the best grapes from the seven Napa Valley properties, and the remainder are sold. He says he deliberately makes the Merlot ready to drink when released by softening the tannins with extra skin contact, etc. He also has found that when you remove particles by fining and filtration, you also remove some of that immediate charm...so it's pretty much into the bottles particles and all.
Flora Springs Winery almost had to have another name, because there almost was no Flora. That is, 17-year-old Flora had left home in Hawaii to take nurses training in San Francisco, and her top priority was to have a career, not a husband.
09/22/00—A Super Second Label
09/21/00—A Merlot to Love
09/19/00—Don't Shoot the Messenger
09/18/00—They Aim to Please
09/15/00—PK Is A-OK!
09/14/00—Meanwhile, Back at the Chateau
09/13/00—Sept. 13 Is Grandparents' Day
09/11/00—No Way, José...White Wines Don't Win!
09/08/00—Like WOW! Whadda Tasting!
09/07/00—Best of the Course
09/05/00—The Discovery of Wine According to Omar Khayyam
09/04/00—Your Chardonnay For Labor Day
This page created September 2000