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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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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Spring Mountain District on Snooth

  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Very true to type, this shows modest evolution when compared with the later releases offering up wonderful plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit framed with integrating mocha oak notes and topped with nice green herbal elements. In the mouth, it shows incipient softening from age, though the tannins remains a touch obvious. There is a broadeni... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Smith Madrone Riesling Napa Valley Estate Bottled 1995

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    This has just a beautiful nose, with green tea layered over dried lime zest topped with an emerging hint of petrol. Air brings out suggestions of some treacle and honey sweetness as well. On the palate, the bright acids support a broad and supple mouthful of apricot and lime fruit that shows the slightest honeyed edge. This is long and super-bri... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Smith Madrone Riesling Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2011

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    Lots of apple fruit here. This smells like an apple barn laced with fine mineral and herbal suggestions. In the mouth there is an early dried apple note followed by lime fruit across a mid palate that is dry, firm, crisp and mineral-laced with plenty of steely acid driving the almost green plum fruit through the finish. Nicely perfumed in the m... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2009

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    Really profound blackberry jam on the nose is topped with a slightly herbal note, along with hints of smoke, tar, blueberry and violets. In the mouth, this is soft up front with a nice medium-bodied feel that flows across the palate delivering nice cut cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Nicely done, really showing nice detail, with fine acids and ... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    A little earthy, a little leafy and mineral-accented gorgeous blackcurrant fruit greets the nose capped with hints of mocha and lightly roasted coffee. This is tight, lean, and focused on the palate delivering pure, rich, ripe yet totally transparent fruit supported by wonderfully ripe tannins that poke through just a hint on the finish, showing... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Very fresh on the nose with an early touch of light mocha cream, some smoke, fines herbs with a nice minty top note over bright black fruits. On entry this shows bright acids and feels remarkably transparent, bathing the tongue with bright, tart, blackberry fruit that has just a little medicinal edge. The finish is nice, rich and soft with exce... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2005

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    Wine review by rcotter


  • Smith Madrone Riesling Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2010

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Smith Madrone Riesling Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2010

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    Wine review by Prbottleshop


  • Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2008

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    Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 1 user opinion)Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 3 notes) - Tasted by MattMauldin on 8/22/2012 & rated 92 points: Napa Valley Vintners- wines at Wine Bloggers Conference trade tasting; 8/16/2012-8/22/2012 (Portland, OR): Begins with blueberry, bitter chocol... Read More

    Wine review by kevsipe


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