Flora Springs in Napa Valley’s St. Helena goes all out for Halloween and with good reason. Their beautiful stone winery is considered one of Napa’s ghost wineries, which means it was built between 1860 and 1900, was abandoned for a time and then rescued and renovated to become part of the modern winery at Flora Springs. Today we’re getting in the spirit of Halloween with Flora Springs All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc. We received this wine a tasting sample.
I know Halloween is mostly for kids and centers around candy and trick-or-treating, but in case you’re planning an adult Halloween celebration of your own Flora Springs has you covered. A quick look at the Halloween Wine page on their website will provide you with six choices, all with appropriately scary labels. Imagine one or more of these wines as accompaniments to a spooky Halloween meal with friends.
And wine tastings in The Room at Flora Springs take on a spooky feel during September and October. Spooky decorations and Halloween releases, the 2017 Ghost Winery Malbec and 2017 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc, add to the usual wine tasting fun.
The Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghost Winery Tour & Tasting is, unfortunately, sold out. No worries, there is still wine.
2017 Flora Springs All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley — dense ruby in the glass with floral, red fruit, dried tobacco and spicy aromas. Flavors of tart red fruit, blackberries and earth mingle with hints of cedar and dried herbs. Tannins are grippy but well integrated with the flavors. The body is medium with a moderately long finish. Aromas of alfalfa hay remain after the glass is empty. 14.2% abv. SRP $60
This is a thoroughly enjoyable Cabernet Franc. The flavors gained complexity with time in the glass and over the several days we had it open. I enjoyed the final sips on day three as much (or more) than on the first evening we opened it.
This 100% Cabernet Franc is sourced from a small block on the Rutherford side of the Komes Ranch estate vineyard. The acreage straddles the Rutherford and St. Helena sub-appellations of Napa Valley. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 21 months.