florèz wines was founded by James Jelks in 2017. Born in Santa Cruz and raised in Davis California Jelks is a west coast kid. After a decade of wine fascination, attending UCDavis E&V program, and working worldwide Jelks set his sights on producing wines in Santa Cruz county.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently featured Moonmilk in the article Natural wine for beginners: Six exemplary California whites and reds we also love this wine. Here is what Esther Mobely had to say!
A different take on Cali Chardonnay: Florèz “Moonmilk” Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2018 (11.8%). The name “Moonmilk” puts you in the right mind for the aroma of this wine, which has a dairy-like quality, something like tangy plain yogurt. Look for sour pineapple and sweet sage notes, and don’t mind the spritziness that the wine shows when you pour the first glass. In other words, this effort by winemaker James Jelks is nothing like the stereotypical buttery California Chardonnay you might be used to.