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.
Elegant and complex, this expressive Pinot Noir is filled with aromas of red fruit complemented with dark cherry, plum and lifted notes of lavender. Balanced and rich, it has a spicy and generous mouthfeel with balanced tannins and racy acidity. The texture is silky, finishing with power and grace. This wine is ready to drink now or cellar for six to seven years.
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.
All fruit (95% de-stemmed, 5% whole-cluster) was hand-picked and rigorously hand sorted prior to going directly into small open-top ferrmenters. A cold soak at 50 degrees for 5 days prior to native fermentation was performed and followed by an average maceration period of 20 days. The cap was kept moist by daily gentle punchdowns. Free-run wine was drained and cellared in 100% French oak, 25% new, for 15 months prior to bottling.
|Aging||100% French Oak, 20% new, for 14 months|
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