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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

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Spring Mountain District on Snooth

  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Not a "blow you into the weeds powerhouse" California Cab. Also, this wine does not blow me over with tannin like other examples from Spring Mountain. This is a civilized wine that shows some berry/cassis/plum fruit, but not enough to be distractive. Seems closer to French style than California. US$29.68 at Total Wines. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2007

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    Medium dark ruby color; rich berry, plum nose; plush, berry, plum palate; medium-plus finish. 91 points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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    Dark red violet color; lifted, tart black fruit, herbs nose; tasty, tart black fruit, herbs palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2007

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    Berry, black fruit nose; tasty, black fruit, berry, eucalyptus palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2008

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    Dark ruby color; tart plum, black fruit, baked plum nose; tasty, poised, tart black fruit, tart plum palate; will go 15 years; medium-plus finish. (with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) 92+ points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2009

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    Medium dark red violet color; intriguing, lifted, ripe currant, plum nose; plush, complex, plum, ripe currant palate with subtle oak spice; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish. 93 points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Spring Mountain District Reserve Mailbox Vineyard 2007

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    Dark ruby color; lovely, ripe plum, berry, ripe currant nose; tasty, rich but poised, ripe currant, plum palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Spring Mountain District Reserve Mailbox Vineyard 2009

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    Dark red violet color; nice herbs, tart black fruit nose; tight, tart black fruit, herbaceous palate; medium-plus finish. (20 months in French oak; 14.3% alcohol) 93+points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Smith-Madrone Cabernet 2007

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    Fruity and quite intense on the nose, with big black fruit that is deep and ripe topped with herb and carob aromas. This feels a bit like Bordeaux in the mouth, ripe yet perfectly clear, with great cut and layers of wild cherry, plum, and blackberry fruits. There are firm tannins, but this is so well balanced they are certainly unobtrusive. The... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


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