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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

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  • Keenan Syrah Napa Valley 2009


    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

  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are ... Creek ... ... Creek "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $45), for $25, out of curiousity since I haven't had it before2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, for $20, ditto on the curiosity2010 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac, for $202010... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • I've said it here many times before, RBA.  I love red wines from Spring Mountain DIstrict.  I'll bet that was a good one. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Thank you for the link, John.  Very interesting.Her comments about losing the Long Vineyard Chardonnay intrigues me.  OT has turned me into a historic vineyard bigot.  So, my initial response to the removal of old vines is repulsion.  On the other hand, is Pritchard Hill the right place for Chardonnay?  Pritchard Hill is now considered primo Cab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article

  • York Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 2007


    Lacks the body I had come to expect from a Cab, even a Franc. Bouquet deepens with time though, as well as the taste; 45 minutes or more. Blended fruits leave a pleasant after taste albeit of short/moderate duration. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm

  • I love the Ridge labels.  They are the most informative labels ... is red ... ... is red wines from the Spring Mountain District.  The ones I've had--from Chateau Chevalier, Keenan (a lot), Pride, Smith-Madrone, and Terra Valentine--have ranged from good to outstanding.  I even like Spring Mountain Merlots.  Red wines from Spring Mountain are... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Hello, SDURenee, I'm afraid that I am the least creative person you've ... ... especially, from the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley, and Petite Sirahs from wherever they may come.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello!

  • Terra Valentine Syrah Napa Valley Spring Mountain District 2009


    Dark in the glass. Intriguing nose--berries, mint, pepper. Somewhat tart on the tip of the tongue. Not a lot of fruit flavor at all. Medium bodied. Unfortunate bitterness on the the back of the palate. Once again, this is an easy-to-drink wine. Apparently, though it's not as great as I thought when I bought it at the winery last May. $45... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thanks for the update, 4G.  You'll find a lot of Zin and PN fans here. ...  I favor Cabs from the Spring Mountain District on the western side of Napa Valley.What's not to like about Sangiovese?  I'm all over Tuscans and Chiantis.  I haven't had a California version that I would judge to be great, yet, but at least they are generally very good.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2009


    Strong nose, overly dry? Gritty, bitter, and fruity. [From "Cabernet Sauvignon" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 19 October 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

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