Introducing the Spring 2013 Release! Whole Cluster Fermentation and the Moon Rises Again
We are excited to announce our 2013 Spring Release! We hope you are excited to see that our Spring release includes a limited release of 100% whole cluster 2010 Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir Block 11 (only 140 cases produced). For the Flowers historians, our very first Pinot Noir produced from Camp Meeting Ridge in 1994 was fermented using 100% whole clusters.
For more insights from Jason Jardine on whole cluster fermentation, the 2011 vintage and the return of Moon Select Pinot Noir, click this link to read the Spring 2013 Newsletter complete with tasting notes.
Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Receives 92 Points
The October 31st issue of the Wine Spectator magazine awarded 92 Points to the Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2010. The wines was described as “fresh and snappy, with vivid lemon-citrus-infused green apple and pear. Lively acidity gives this a mouthwatering vitality. Subtle oak adds aroma and texture. Drink now through 2020.” –James Laube
Wine Enthusiasts Gives 98 Points to 2010 Sea View Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
“A cool climate has given this wine bracing acidity and gentle-yet-persistent tannins. Its flavors of wild raspberries and cherries, with spice and mineral overtones, are delicious. There’s a feral quality that expresses umami perfectly, suggesting butter-sautéed , tamari-splashed mushrooms and crisped prosciutto. The oak is powerful and present in the form of toast and sweet vanilla, but perfectly balanced with the wine’s volume. For all its richness, the wine finishes bone dry.” Steve Heimoff
Introducing the Fall 2012 Release – People, Place And A Passion for Pinot Noir
Flowers is happy to announce the opening of its Fall Offer. This year’s offer is devoted to pinot noir from our two estates Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard. The release includes very limited quanitities of single block offerings from these estates. If you are not yet a member of our mailing list, you can join here on the website at the bottom of this page. Below is a copy of the offer.
A Perspective on the Sonoma Coast
Colin MacLauchlan of Hawkes Wines in Sonoma recently visited the winery to gain a perspective on the extreme Sonoma Coast. Below is a link to his recent blog post that outlines his take on the history of the winery, the recent AVA approval and a review of some of the wines.
Introducing the Spring 2012 Release
Flowers is delighted to announce the Spring 2012 Offering to its mailing list members. This release includes new wines like the Sea View Ridge Vineyard, Block 33, Estate Pinot Noir 2009 as well as exciting chardonnay offers. See the attached PDF for the full offer letter.
Flowers Returns to Top of the List in Wine and Spirits Restaurant Poll
In the 23rd Annual Restaurant Poll from Wine and Spirits Magazine, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Flowers Vineyard and Winery debuted at #10 Most Popular Chardonnay. Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was selected as the #23 Most Popular Pinot Noir among a list of distinguished producers. The restaurants participating in the poll also selected Flowers Vioneyard and Winery as the #23 Most Popular Winery.
Wine and Spirits Issues High Praise for Flowers Pinot Noirs
In the newly released April 2012 issue, Wine and Spirits Magazine has published scores for 4 Pinot Noirs from Flowers.
Sea View Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 – 94 Points… “glimmers of Grand Cru sophistication”
Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 – 92 Points…”Lithe raspberry and cranberry flavors”
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010 – 93 Points (Best Buy)…”clear focus, a clean presentation of Sonoma’s far coast”
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 – 93 Points (Best Buy)…”Consistently one of the most restrained and delicate pinots”
Wine and Spirits Magazine Names Flowers – Artisan Winery of the Year for the 8th consecutive year.
In the Annual Wine and Spirits Magazine Buying Guide, Flowers Vineyard and Winery was named Artisan Winery of the Year for the 8th consecutive year. Attached is the full article which highlights our wine’s “fragrant, silken, and mouthwatering” style….
Wine Spectator Insider gives high marks to our Estate Chardonnays
In the October 12th online issue of the Wine Spectator Insider, James Laube ranked our Moon Select Chardonnay with 94 Points and awarded Camp Meeting Ridge 92 Points. Moon Select was described as “fragrant, rich, yet elegant” and Camp Meeting Ridge was “elegant and enticing”. Full reviews are below.
Wine Spectator Releases Great Scores for our Estate Bottled Pinot Noirs
Wine Spectator Magazine recently released on-line scores for our Sea View Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2009 along with reviews of our Camp Meeting Ridge Estate Pinot Noir and Camp Meeting Ridge, Block 2 Estate Pinot Noir. These wines are a true representation of the character of Pinot Noir grown on the extreme Sonoma Coast, fresh fruit, delicate tannins, prominent minerality and a lively acidity across the board. Click on full reviews below.
Camp Meeting Ridge Tops the list of Chardonnays
Wine and Spirits’ newly released October 2011 issue rated our 2009 Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Estate Chardonnay with a 94 Point score noting “graceful richness”, “floral delicacy”, and “sea air and citrus.” In the same issue our 2009 Sea View Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir also received 94 Points and was called out for “glimmers of grand cru sophistication”, “parallels a great Burgundy”, and “powerful in an oceanic sense.” For the full reviews download the attached PDF.
Sonoma Coast Wines Receive stellar ratings in Wine and Spirits Magazine
In the October 2011 issue of Wine and Spirits Magazine, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 received 94 Points and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 scored 93 Points. The attached PDF has the full review of each wine.
Decanter Magazine gives Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 4 Stars
In the September California special insert, Decanter Magazine reviewed the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 and awarded it with 4 stars. The publication described the wine as “opulent” with flavors of “lime zest” and vanilla curd. The pdf below contains a full review of the wine.
Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 presented at West of the West
As a part of the seminar offerings at the 1st Annual West of the West event put on by the West Sonoma Coast Vintners Association earlier this month, the Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 was presented as a representation of our location in the Seaview area of the Sonoma Coast. One blogger who attended the event had high praise for the wine and praised it as follows “Makes a strong case for a Fort Ross AVA. Vibrant red berries all over your face, spices, a touch of herbs and all complimented by some earthiness, a little savory quality on the (rather long) finish, and just a hint of leather and smoke. This wine has a ways to go, but the horse has legs (courtesy of all that acidic lift) and isn’t at all horsey, if you get my drift. Just awesome.” For the full blog post click here.