Spring Mountain District Wine

 

The Spring Mountain AVA is located within Napa Valley in California’s North Coast. The region is distinctly cooler than most Napa districts nearer to the valley floor, with vineyards located into the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. 
 
The first vineyard, La Perla Cellar, was planted in 1873 by Charles Lemme. This was followed in 1885 by Jacob and Frederick Beringer, who planted what became Beringer Flat. Others followed, some producing wines that went on to win national and international awards. 
 
As with most other districts in California, Phylloxera and Prohibition took their toll into the 20th century, and many wineries were forced to shut down and produce other crops to survive. Then in 1946, Eleanor and Fred McCrea established Stony Hill Viineyard and this lead others to follow their lead and slowly rebuild the wine region. AVA status was granted in 1991.
 
Spring Mountain is known primarily for its robust red wines from Cabernet Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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Spring Mountain District on Snooth

  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain District to be noticeably tannic.  Maybe Keenan is the most obvious.  My research is limited to just a few bottles each year.Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter... Read More

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  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... Valley, at the top of the Spring Mountain District. Bought by Robert Keenan in 1974, the estate is historic, once housing another winery before it fell into shambles after Prohibition. Keenan restored the historic stone winery for visitors to appreciate & now ha... Read More

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  • Al, we are now now only retired, but we are retired from the entire stress of ... ... You can tell this is a Spring Mountain District Cab.  I'm not sure there are enough years in my life for this one to settle down.  Can't wait to have it with tonight's prime ri Read More

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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Bottled Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Dark, almost maroon color. Old nosesomewhat fungal. WHOA. Nothing subtle about this wine. A big mouthful. Stewed prunes, tobacco, slate. Then some still very serious tannins. I dont think there are enough years in my lifetime for this one too settle down. Im glad I opened it up, tonight. A great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Very beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit, earthiness. Terrific on the tongue. Nice suggestion of dried fruit on the tip of the tonguecassis, blueberry, and maybe, plum. Tannin does not hit until mid-palate. This wine is so easy to drink. It is very approachable now. While there is still tannin there, Im not sure there is enough ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Oh, that's an easy one.  Barnett Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District. Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Nose is of olive and Indian spices. Whoa! A tannic beast. Definitely the antonym of a spoofed, fruit-forward Napa Cab. Quite light on the dark currant fruit, but then the tannin really smacks you. Vininess mid-palate. Really unfortunate bitterness on the rear palate. I think thats from the tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    Snoothrank:

    A nose of forest floorstrong suggestion of olive. On the tongue a nice, subtle introduction of cassis. As the wine moves back I have to notice the very subdued tannin. My experience with Spring Mountain cabs is that they are tannic monsters. Some earthiness. While this is a firm, full-bodied wine, it is not causing my mouth and tongue to pu... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Keenan Winery and Vineyards is recognized as a pioneering vineyard of the Spring Mountain District; Peter Conradi planted vineyards there in the late 19th century; in 1974, Robert Keenan, Michael Keenan's father, purchased 180 forested acres, including the original 100-acre site of the old Conradi vineyard. Robert re-planted with rows of Chardon... Read More

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  • Keenan Winery and Vineyards is recognized as a pioneering vineyard of the Spring Mountain District; Peter Conradi planted vineyards there in the late 19th century; in 1974, Robert Keenan, Michael Keenan's father, purchased 180 forested acres, including the original 100-acre site of the old Conradi vineyard. Robert re-planted with rows of Chardon... Read More

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