The most anticipated release of the year, Flowers Moon Select showcases the best barrels of the vintage. Sourced from our estate vineyards, these wines are the pinnacle of Flowers offerings. Our winemaking team meticulously tastes through every barrel to consider which barrels will make the final blend. Each barrel selected contains wonderfully expressive fruit, making the blending process arduous yet exciting. This year, three blocks were standout performers and represent the core of the 2016 vintage: Block 8 at Sea View Ridge with its full, fruit-forward nature, Block 11 at Camp Meeting Ridge, where meter-by-meter plantings provide intense concentration and structure, and Block 2 at Camp Meeting Ridge, with it’s beautiful mid-palate texture.
Expressive aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and tamarind, uplifted by redwood spice and citrus zest. As it evolves in the glass, characters of black tea, sweet tobacco and bay laurel become more prevalent. Balanced flavors of cassis and bing cherry are complemented by the elegant, smooth entry, framed with fine-grained tannin and savory coastal notes. Nuanced and evolving, this wine lingers beautifully on the palate.
The 2016 growing season was a welcomed one for the Flowers team when compared to the turbulent year prior. Much needed winter rains came in December and January which broke the dry cycle from the last four years, filling ponds and replenishing nutrients in our soils. Temperatures were cool enough on the estate to postpone bud break to the beginning of March; still early but not compared to prior years. A warm spring hinted at the potential of an accelerated growing season, providing fully developed clusters. Mild summer temperatures resulted in even ripening, and the balanced presence of coastal fog brought the phenolic chemistry of the fruit to optimal harvest levels during late August.
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“Making Moon Select is like cutting a diamond. We shape it meticulously until it is perfect.” – Chantal Forthun, Head Winemaker
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