For me, it’s always about the back story, and the more endearing the story, the more respect I have for the product and the bigger fan I become. This stems from being a serial entrepreneur. I feel for, understand, and empathize with the small business owner perhaps more than the average person because I’ve walked in their shoes. The small business stories are the best, it gives you much insight about the people behind the company, the brand and the product. Some story’s are more glamorous than others, some products are more glamorous than others but the baseline is always the same and the Flowers Vineyard & Winery history is no different.
Flowers Vineyard & Winery – The story
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn’t know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California’s rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that’s exactly where they landed.
In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them.
Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews. – via flowerswinery.com
Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
is sourced from some of the finest family owned vineyards within the Sonoma Coast appellation including Flowers’ Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard. The Sonoma Coast terrain is rocky and well-drained, and elevated at such a proximity to the Pacific Ocean that allows the Pinot Noir to exhibit a complex minerality, brilliant acidity making it fresh, and bright with red fruit flavors, such as bing cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate with soft tannins that climax on the lengthy finish. SRP $45
Sea View Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2011
is sourced entirely from Flowers’ organic and biodynamic Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard. The extremes of this vineyard, include elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, the soils on the ridge tops are shallow and rocky with a mix of volcanic soils and in the lower blocks, broken sandstone and shale higher up which naturally reduce the yields. Given these complexities each block ripens at its own pace. This wine is floral and fruit dominant, of raspberry and bing cherry with underlying hints of cedar, and spice There is a classic Sonoma spiciness on the palate with smooth texture and minerality that leads the way to an acid-driven lingering finish. SRP $75
Flowers Vineyard & Winery 28500 Seaview Road Cazadero, CA 95421
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