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The dark ruby/purple-colored, stunningly rich 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Reserve is still in need of bottle age. The wine reveals a saturated color, as well as a promising but restrained nose of toasty new oak, jammy blackberries, cassis, licorice, and spice. It is extremely rich and spicy in the mouth, with moderate tannin, full body, superb purity of flavor, and outstanding potential. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2022.
Along the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in Rutherford’s Northwestern corner, Flora Springs Estate was established in 1978 on the property of an older winery from the 1800’s. The team cares for their 650 planted acres by farming sustainably and thinking forward about future generations. This family’s oriented property finds pride in being all knowing over their land, from paths the sun follows and minor soil changes, to the ripening patterns from vineyard block to block. Flora Springs has carved over 1,000 feet of caves out of their hillside and as of 2007 have installed 6,500 feet of solar panels; both of these techniques go to show that Flora Springs is a place where traditions are honored but modern technologies are utilized.
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