Flora Springs Trilogy 1998

$54.99

SKU 682

750ml

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The philosophy of blending is basic to the concept of Trilogy. We approach this wine like an artist with a palette of colors. The result is a complex masterpiece of flavors and aromas that have great persistence on the palate and are tempered with a sense of elegance and finesse. A preliminary Trilogy blend was made after malo-lactic fermentation had concluded. The wine rested quietly in small (50% new) French oak barrels until just prior to bottling. 1998 was a vintage that required stringent winery practices so that we could extract as much as we could from the fruit. This year, for the first time, we added Malbec to the blend.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Flora Springs
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Wine AdvocateThe 1998 Trilogy Proprietary Red Wine reveals the vintage's shortcomings. It is a very good, even excellent wine, but the vintage's short, cool growing season has given the wine more austerity than normal. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Malbec, it offers plenty of spicy new oak, mineral, licorice, and damp, foresty aromas and flavors. Elegant and medium-bodied, it is best drunk over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker, December 2000
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Wine SpectatorA very complete '98 that's supple in texture, with creamy vanilla, black cherry and wild berry flavors that are pleasing and well focused, if a bit simple.

James Laube, 2001