Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Second Visit: Flora Springs Gamut, NV First Release

Gamut Cabernet BlendWe made a gallant attempt to give up wine during Lent. With Lent in the rearview mirror, it was time to revisit a favorite from the cellar.

Second Bottle Sipping

We first tasted Gamut two years ago. I’m a fan of Flora Springs winery and this proprietary blend was being offered online via Invino for $20. That’s a price I couldn’t resist, especially since top-of-the-line Flora Springs wines can exceed $100. I picked up three bottles.

Flora Springs is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far northwest corner of the Rutherford AVA in the heart of Napa Valley. Natural springs on the property have flowed continuously even in times of drought.

The Best Of Two Vintages

This is a non-vintage wine with the grapes not coming from a single harvest, but instead it’s a mix of the 2010 and 2011 vintages. The blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% each of Malbec and Petite Verdot. It was aged in a combination of French and American oak.

We were impressed with Gamut two years ago when we had the first bottle. If there was any fault, it was a tad heavy in the tannins. Since then, the tannins have integrated, making for an even smoother sipping experience. Gamut flaunts juicy raspberry and blueberry flavors with a long coating finish. Green Dragon gave me the thumbs up, saying, “This doesn’t taste like a Tuesday wine!” Indeed, this is a wine that will stand proud on any occasion, even a Saturday soiree.

Gamut, it seems, is a lot like me. It continues to improve with age! Highly recommended.

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