Flora Springs Ghost Winery Red Blend 2013
Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley's original "ghost wineries" - wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend explodes with bewitching aromas of ripe black cherries, white pepper and sage, continuing with bold flavors of blackberries, boysenberries and cassis that wash over the mid-palate. Barrel aged in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels, the wine displays subtle accents of toasty oak, vanilla and a dusted chocolate component. The fine tannins end with a bright, fruit forwardness on the palate. This wine would be ideal paired with duck or wild game as well as a hearty stew.