2011 Flora Springs Chardonnay

My Rating: 85+
WE:89
Price:$22
Location:Napa Valley

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Balance, balance, balance—in life, in wine, after a bottle of wine—it’s an elusive ambition. However, after thirty years of crafting world renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978 was awarded a gold medal at the Orange County Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his “First Growth” producers of Chardonnay in his book California’s Great Chardonnays.

We intentionally minimize the amount of oak we use on this wine to let the fruit show through. The aromatics are what we have come to expect from a predominantly Carneros blend—bright, up-front honey, pear, apple and mango that flows into the palate with a crisp acidity and fresh citrus nuance. This is a great wine to sip by itself, but would also be a wonderful accompaniment to a fresh summer salad.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay