Native Flora is a 35-acre property in the Dundee Hills with 20 planted in grapevines, all on north-facing slopes. When owners Scott and Denise Flora purchased, cleared and planted their vineyard, everyone thought they were crazy to plant on the north side of the hill. However, they had a hunch that not only would the grapes ripen in time but also that acidity levels in the fruit would remain high. The Floras were correct on both counts!
Every bottle of Native Flora wine has a different quote on the back– each chosen to best describe the wine inside:
This particular wine is made up of all nine Pinot noir clones growing in the Native Flora estate vineyard. With a total of 19 blocks and an elevation change of 400 feet, it serves as a great representation of the 2016 vintage. After a moderate growing season, the fruit was hand picked and sorted in the onsite winery. After fermentation and 17 months in oak (of which 23% was new), the wine was bottle-aged prior to release. You can buy with confidence, knowing that Native Flora properly cellared this wine, especially for you to drink now or age even longer.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at email@example.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.