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The 2016 Serenity Way has an expressive nose of rose hips, red cedar, anise and Bergamot. On the palate there are red and black fruits like red currant and black plum skin. There are also savory tobacco notes. The finish is long and clean. It reminiscent of the brilliant 2009 Serenity Way. Vintage after vintage Serenity Way displays elegance, power, and balance. The wine, like all Flanagan wines, is built on great fruit, restraint in wine making, balance, and ageability. If you think that Sonoma County can’t produce Cabernet to rival to Napa then you need to think again. The best mountain sites in Sonoma are producing wines that marry the elegance and nuance of Bordeaux with the consistent ripeness achievable in the North Coast.
The spring of 2018 was an exceptionally wet one with 20 days of rain in just the month of May. This helped limit fruit set and meant that the 2018 crop was much smaller than the massive 2017 Harvest.
After the very rainy spring things settled down, and the rest of the growing season was ideal. The lack of late season rains or heat spikes meant that we were able to harvest without any drama. The fruit quality in 2018 was excellent.
The 2018 Flanagan Cabernet has a savory nose of leather, pencil shavings, essence of black plum, and coffee. The palate has black plum skin, rhubarb, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon. As always the wine has a surprising amount of tannin structure for New World Cabernet. All of the Cabernet comes from hillside vineyards and the small berries produced from the steep, volcanic sites give the wine great color and concentration.
Our 2019 Bacigalupi Chardonnay has a nose of Citrus flowers and Tahitian Vanilla. The palate opens with bright Lemon zest, a fresh acidity, and a nicely integrated barrel note with a hint of spice. We believe in letting each site express itself. That means that each of our wines has a barrel program and wine chemistry unique to that vineyard site in a given vintage.
The Flanagan Merlot Bennett Valley has compelling aromatic notes of Bay Leaf, Pepper, Cedar, and Saffron. The palate has Red Currant, Black Cherry, Bergomot, and Black Tea with a very elegant tannin structure. The acidity provides great balance. The small berries produced from the steep, volcanic hillside site give the wine great color and concentration
The nose shows notes of Rangpur lime, jasmine, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, the wine has Bosc pear and toasted almond. The wine has bright acidity and an elegant minerality. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, using Atelier Centre France and Boutes cooperage for 11 months with 50% new barrels.
This is a stunning example of an AVA wine made from the top vineyards in Sonoma County.
The nose shows notes of lemon blossom, jasmine, and wet slate. On the palate the wine has Meyer lemon, and white peach. The wine has a very fresh acidity and an elegant minerality. This is a great Chardonnay, made in a balanced fashion, from the top vineyards in Sonoma County.
The 2017 Flanagan Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard is a compelling expression of what is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest vineyard sites in California. The wine has a brilliant color and the fruit character, despite the very cool site, is explosive. The nose offers a rich bouquet of ripe cranberry, cola, and a hint of spice. The palate shows very clean dark red fruit with a silky, persistent finish. Incredible acidity, a beautiful mouthfeel, and an incredible purity of fruit character make this a reference point wine.
We aged the wine in Atelier Centre France and Chassin cooperage for 14-months with 50% new barrels. The Platt site, like Grand Cru Chablis sites, is expressive of the vineyard terrior and reflective of a balanced barrel regime. I believe in letting each site express itself and that means that each of our wines has a unique barrel program and wine chemistry that reflect that particular site in a given vintage.
The wine is aged in Atelier Centre France and Chassin cooperage for 14 months with 50% new barrels. The Platt site, like Grand Cru Chablis sites, is expressive of the vineyard terrior and reflective of a balanced barrel regime. Each site is allowed to express itself and that means that each of the wines has a unique barrel program and wine chemistry that reflect that particular site in a given vintage.