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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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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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  • 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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  • I picked up our spring shipment of six Barnett Vineyards cabs this afternoon. ... ... other three are from the Spring Mountain District, in which they produced 56 barrels.  I can't wait to taste these - maybe before the year is ou Read More

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  • Girard Winery Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Keenan’s 2011 Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown in Calistoga and on ... ... and on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District estate. The Zinfandel grown in Calistoga supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas, while the Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances.Once harvested, the grapes were de-stemmed then f... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain Estate 2008

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    Very much a musty/viney nose. On the tongue you know this one is a brute. What black fruit may be detected by the tip of the tongue is there is swept away by earthiness and tobacco or dark chocolate flavors as the wine passes farther along the tongue and palate. Pair this one with your biggest beef roast meals. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Again, v v, an excellent report.  I think this is the best wine country ... commented here that I enjoy Spring Mountain District wines.  Maybe your experience will add more popular respect to this district.  My experience is from Chateau Chevalier, Keenan, Smith-Madrone and Terra Valentine.  However, I do have a Spring Mountain Vineyards Cab i... Read More

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  • Keenan Syrah Napa Valley 2009

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    Quite darkalmost PS darkin the glass. Something of a minty/flowery nose, but, then, some barnyard hints. Unobtrusive on introduction to the palate and tongue. Some currant or blackberry, some stone fruit, some mint. Still fairly tannic. Very nice acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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