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Further North but with a similar situation one finds the rather broad ranging Spring Mountain District. With cooler daytime temperatures than Mount Veeder, these slopes range with-in the same elevations but their positioning results in almost twice the annual rainfall of Mount Veeder. As the air in Napa Valley warms and is drawn to the north, warm, moist air is drawn through a gap in the Mayacamas Range resulting in regular, cooling rainfalls. Not actually a mountain, this region is more of a broad high pass that straddles this gap between the Mayacamas and Diamond Mountain. These same air flows often contribute to evening fogs in the valley floor to the East which results, counter-intuitively, in warmer evening temperatures at higher elevations as this blanket of cool, damp air forces the warmer air up the slopes and into the valleys of the district. The production of the Spring Mountain District is modest, contributing a mere 2% to the Napa valley Total. With soils similar to the volcanic, seafloor 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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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  • Paloma Vineyard

    In the late 1970s, we started to visit the Napa Valley frequently and fell in love with the area ...

  • Vineyard 7 & 8

    Led by our Winemaker, Luc Morlet, our approach is based on a collaborative effort to make the bes...

  • Terra Valentine

    High above the Napa Valley on Spring Mountain, Terra Valentine is a small production Cabernet Sau...

  • Peacock Family Vineyard

    Peacock Family Vineyard is a 6.2 acre hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Spring Mountain...

  • School House Vineyard

    The School House Vineyard is nestled among the cool, lush forested slopes of Spring Mountain abov...

  • Fantesca Estate & Winery

    Fantesca Estate & Winery is rich with history, having originally been in the dowry of Caroline Ba...

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  • Alot of cool pics above. I have to get on the Scherrer bandwagon. ... a ... a believer: Typical of Spring Mountain reds this is a BIG wine that shows lots of tannin. Not a lot of fruit on introduction--maybe some blackberry and, maybe (Are you ready?) some stone fruit.  This is a BIG mouth-filling, full-bodied wine.  I am really liking thisThe... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Clear dark plum color in the glass. Bit of a chemical or mineral nose. Very assertive on entry. Not a lot of fruitmaybe, some blackberry, maybe, a suggestion of stone fruit. A lot of puckery dryness from tannin, but that also gives the suggestion of unsweetened cocoa. A mouth-filling, full-bodied wine. Definitely a big boys wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mark, you are healthy enough that waiting a few years on those is a good ... ... ... The last couple months, Spring Mountain Vineyard and that Monte Bello reminded me of why people fall hard for Cab.  The 'Bello is voluptuous without being obvious or tiring, holds tons of fruit in balance with minerality and acid, already hints at the chocola... Read More

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  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... to avoid plundering those Spring Mountain cabs and those Rockpile Zins, not to mention the Patz and Hall PN, the scads of immature Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, I have to go out and get things on an as-needed basis.  It's fun when I have time--I like hanging out with Eliza... Read More

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  • Keenan Napa Syrah Spring Mountain 2010

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    Rustic nosewood, tobacco. Pleasant enough suggestion of red fruit on introduction. I might even suggest dried fruit--prune, dried cherrybut, somehow, not sweet. Mid to rear palate finds earthiness and some spice. Quite firm tanninthere is something of a pucker factorthat is nicely offset by acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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  • Some pretty high praise Fox.Always good to hear of operations like this existing, in Napa especially in this day and age.  Read More

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  • .Excellent report, Fox.  Thank you. Read More

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  • Couldn't go to the caves; things were hectic setting up for the party, or ... ... CS fruit they have up on Spring Mountain, my preference is to see that shining throug Read More

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