Flora Springs The Room is one of the few wineries in the main part of Napa Valley that has a tasting room situated in part of a shopping center. This is certainly one of the most unique architecturally designed tasting rooms in the valley. Its not easily missed and it simply goes by the mysterious name, “The Room”. Tell people are you going to “The Room” and they will wonder what you are talking about! From the outside it almost looks like what was the proposed “mini Hall Winery” with its undulating roof (which was to have been designed by architect Frank Geary).
Auspiciously this tasting room opened on 8/8/8 which is a fairly lucky day in some cultures. The tasting room is across the parking lot from the Dean & Deluca wine shop which carry a number of Flora Springs Wines. The actual winery is located up on a hill at the west end of Zinfandel Lane just down the road from this center but this tasting room gives them much more exposure then their winery location. Winery tours at the estate (10 minutes from this location) are available by appointment and last about 90 minutes (see our review directly below).
Flora springs is named after the Matriarch of the family, Flora Komes and is entirely family run. Their Napa vineyards were originally meant to be something to keep them “busy” during their retirement years! Today the 2nd and 3rd generations are actively managing the day to day operations at the winery. As of press time Flora Springs owns eight unique and diverse vineyards in the Napa area. Based on this total acreage they have too much fruit for their own use and end up selling about 3/4 of the fruit to other wineries. This allows them to choose the choicest blocks for their own use from each of their respective vineyards. Several different tasting options are provided and Flora Springs offers a healthy collection of different types of wines for all tastes as well as all budgets!
An elegant modern tasting counter surrounds the pourers. Be sure to try their barrel fermented Chardonnay; they have been producing this since 1980 making them one of the older Chardonnay producers in the valley. This is a very rich wine that sees no malolactic fermentation and shows very concentrated fruit flavors on the palate. White wine lovers should also consider their Solilogy Sauvignon Blanc (if not sold out). We also enjoyed their 2005 Trilogy; this wine is composed of the five primary Bordeaux varietals. It is a rounded full bodied wine with lots of concentrated fruit.
For being right on Highway 29 in the midst of the busy touristy wine strip, and being part of this shopping center the courtyard feels miles away. It backs up almost to the vineyards and is a very peaceful area to spend some time tasting wine. They do have food and cheese pairings – ask for details. Want to see one of the smallest vineyards in the valley?! Check out the 3 rows of vines in the back of the courtyard and yes these do produce fruit.
Lastly, Flora Springs is a partner in ReCork America where they recycle any used corks from their winery and this tasting room as well as act as a collection point for consumers who wish to recycle their used corks. Visit: www.florasprings.com