One could define a soliloquy as the act of talking to oneself. In drama, characters utter soliloquies when they speak their thoughts to the audience despite the presence of other characters on the stage, who tend to stand at a remove. Wines don’t talk to themselves, of course; they speak to us through the agencies of color, scent, flavor and texture, but it’s a private experience, one we internalize through our senses and our feelings. We make that experience public by talking about the wine — “Wow, that was great!” — or by writing about it as I and many other of my colleagues in this endeavor do. We take wine’s ephemeral, constantly evolving and disappearing soliloquy and give it permanence, as permanent, that is, as any process recorded on the fleeting vacancies of paper and electricity.

The Flora Springs Soliloquy 2018, Napa Valley, offers an eloquent expression of a white wine composed of an unusual blend of 44 percent sauvignon blanc, 41 percent chardonnay, 10 percent malvasia and 5 percent pinot gris. Also unusual was the maturing regimen: Seven months in a combination of egg-shaped concrete vessels, French oak barrels, stainless steel barrels and large oak puncheons. The result is a wine that displays the palest of pale straw-gold hues and pertinent aromas of lemon balm, lime peel and celery leaf, lemongrass, bee’s-wax and fig, all highlighted by penetrating elements of dusty flint and limestone; the wine is dry and savory, lithe on the palate and energized by prickling acidity; a few minutes in the glass unfold notes of lilac and greengage, with a sunny-leafy quality that contributes to the wine’s tremendous sense of presence and elegance. 14.2 percent alcohol. We happily consumed half a bottle of this wine last night as companion to vermouth-steamed salmon with ginger and scallions doused with hot sesame oil. Yes, it was close to perfect. Winemaker Paul Steinauer produced 620 cases. Excellent. About $50.

A sample for review.