“Let the conversations about minerality begin. Whatever it is, or wherever it comes from, it’s here big time, adding a lick of steel and a metallic mouthfeel to the underlying fruit. And what powerful fruit it is, ranging from orange and guava to honeydew and citron. This bone dry, crisp Chardonnay is a game changer that will make you look at California Chardonnay…” — S.H. (2/1/2014)
Flowers Spring 2014 Offer – Insight and Maturity Through Experience
Flowers is delighted to announce the Spring 2014 Offer to our mailing list members.
This year signifies the Silver Anniversary of the realization of the dream that Walt and Joan Flowers began in 1989 through the establishment of Camp Meeting Ridge Estate Vineyard, first planted in 1991. After twenty-five years of successful winegrowing on the extreme Sonoma Coast producing wines of verve, balance and distinction, we remain poised for the unique challenges Mother Nature brings each season. A quarter of a century has given us the confidence to understand this unique and rugged location, and to learn how to best uncover beauty from the diversity within our Estate vineyards.
“The significance of this milestone is that the vines are now fully established in this challenging and remote site. This is analogous to the vineyard reaching adulthood when the inconsistencies of youth morph into the responsibility of maturity.” — Dave Keatley, Winemaker
Read more about our renewed focus on the soil, highlights of the Sea View Ridge Estate Block 20 Pinot Noir along with tasting notes and a recipe in the attached Spring 2014 Newsletter.
Flowers 2011 Vintage Praised in Wine & Spirits Magazine
“[Camp Meeting Ridge] captures the ocean mist in a savory, earthen chardonnay, its mellow richness transforming fine lees, lemon and smoky green tea scents into a harmonious wine that’s easy to drink in quantity and still delivers a lot of flavor. The acidity itself is flavorful and persistent, adding to the umami depth.”
Announcing the Fall 2013 Release: A Lesson in Patience and Fastidiousness
We are pleased to introduce the most distinctive, unique and expressive wines in recent Flowers history. This year’s Fall Offer introduces the 2011 vintage of Block-specific and Estate wines that are the culmination of continuing insights obtained from our “Project Terroir” initiative, dedication to biodynamic vineyard practices as well as applying old world winemaking techniques. The offer also includes our first 100% varietal Pinot Meunier, a grape connossieurs will most likely recognize as one of the three varieties allowed in the production of Champagne and rarely produced as a still wine on its own.
Wine Advocate Bestows High Ratings for Flowers Winery Current Releases
In April 2013, Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate tasted through several of our recent and new releases and offered flattering tasting notes and significant ratings including 8 wines receiving scores between 92 and 94.
2010 Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir Block 20 – 92 Points – “A Pinot of considerable complexity and breed…”
2010 Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir Block 21 – 91+ Points – “…endowed with tremendous power and richness.”
2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – 92 Points – “This is an uncommonly delicious and compelling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay…”
2010 Moon Select Chardonnay – 94 Points – “There is a level of precision that elevates the Moon Select to rarified company in this vintage.”
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.
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