The dramatic landscape of Sonoma Coast, with its steep hillside and windswept foothills, gives us a diversity of well drained soils, while direct proximity to the
Pacific Ocean results in a long, cool growing season. At Flowers, we often focus on crafting wines expressive of one vineyard or even one block of vines, but Moon Select is a bit different because this small blend is the finest and truest representation of the season. 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.
The wine is intense and perfumed with lovely notes of Meyer lemon, dried chamomile, lifted notes of lemongrass and a flint-like minerality. The palate is pure freshness with flavors of tangerine and green tea, the fresh coastal acidity integrates with the precise structure. Finishes long and savory. Enjoyable now, it will age beautifully in the next 8 years or more.
The 2017 growing season began with sustained rainfall throughout January and February, replenishing soil nutrients and resulting in healthy, vigorous vines. In total our vineyards saw 80″of rain, a welcomed sight after five years of prolonged drought. Steady weather led to budbreak in mid-March, a return to normalcy compared to prior years. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until July, when we experienced a period of sustained warmth. August delivered much-needed cooler weather, allowing the clusters to develop complex flavors while maintaining their signature acidity. Unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards, however our dry-farmed vines were perfectly suited to thrive in the conditions. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions as our 2017 growing season came to an end.
The 2017 growing season began with sustained and intense rainfall. Prolonged heat in July was followed by much-needed cooler weather in August allowing
for complex flavor development. With strong heat in September, Mother Nature brought challenges, but our estate vines acted with resilience and poise throughout the heat conditions. Cool marine air arrived just in time for harvest, a welcome respite for a challenging growing season. The result of the 2017 vintage is wonderfully expressive, estate-focused wines that convey a vivid sense of time and place.
Grapes were harvested in the early morning hours to ensure the fruit arrived at the winery at cool temperatures. We pressed the grapes as whole clusters and
allowed the juice to settle for 24 hours before a gentle gravity transfer to French Oak barrels. After 100% native yeast fermentation, the wine continued to mature in-barrels: 100% French oak, 20% new for 14 months to allow the true expression of the vintage and varietal to stand out
|Vineyard||Camp Meeting Ridge|
|Aging||100% French Oak, 20% new, for 14 months|
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