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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • No infanticide this time.  Here is a lovely 2009 Spring Mountain District Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon that I know most of you would enjoy.  We grilled steaks last night after my Cat Tuesday activities and watched Trump and his family talk about how tough life is as millionaires.  I almost shed a tear.... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 35th Anniversary 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Quite dark in color. Woody, viny nose with a suggestion of olive. Initial mouth sensation is that this is pretty thin. Little or no fruit to speak of. Somewhat sour or weedy, but, then some oaky vanilla. Some leather and tobacco on the back of the palate. I normally expect Spring Mountain wines to be brutally tannic, but this one has surpri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Beringer Vineyards Marston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Terra Valentine Marriage 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Very interesting. Bone dryno surprise there. However, the blast of fruit that California winemakers seem to always want to give me is not there on the tip of the tongue. There is some plum and other black fruit, but the thing that smacks you hard is tannin. VERY STRONG tannin. A good wine for those of us who are not fans of that fruit-forwa... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • With this wine I'm giving a shout out to:The various reports that we have ... have been getting from the Spring Mountain District, lately.RBA's appreciation (I think) of labels that are painted on the bottle.The brief conversation we had recently on blends vs. varietal bottlings.I assume that it is not apprent.  So, I'll explain that this is a... Read More

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  • Keenan has harvested Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

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  • Keenan has harvested Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

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  • Mark, I haven't had the pleasure of a Keenan wine (yet) but have heard some ... ... unearthed the fact that Spring Mountain District AVA was established in 1993, so the AVA is actually Spring Mountain District.Speaking of Napa and Spring Mtn., I've posted this "steal" on another thread but am enjoying another bottle of this 2012 Newton Unfilte... Read More

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  • Continuing to winnow down my CS inventory. I'm not sure, but I think ... think ... are labeled "Spring Mountain District."  I'm guessing that this one was bottled before the creation of the Spring Mountain AVA or it was made from a combination of grapes from the estate vineyard and other sources.Opaque dark plum color.  Black currant nose.  L... Read More

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  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, ... and wet, especially in the Spring Mountain District, high above the town of St. Helena. The mountainside vineyard elevations are anywhere from 400 to 2100 feet and rainfall is usually abundant during the winter season, although much of California has experienced ... Read More

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