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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...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Fantesca Estate & Winery

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

  • Schweiger Vineyards

    Today Schweiger Vineyards includes 25 acres of Cabernet, four acres of Chardonnay, two acres of M...

  • Vineyard 7 & 8

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

  • Peacock Family Vineyard

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

  • Terra Valentine

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

  • Paloma Vineyard

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

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  • My last experience with Smith-Madrone was meh.  I am pleased to report ... ... get that, a lot, from Spring Mountain fruit.  Nicely settled black cassis fruit.  Towards the back of the palate there are certainly the suggestions of leather or tobacco.  A decade, or so, of bottle age has certainly calmed down the tannins, but this wine is no wi... Read More

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  • For me, Cabernet Franc is completely different. A good wine, but nothing ... ... front,  A ton of Spring Mountain tannin tells you that this is a grown ups' wine.  I like it, but it is not making me crave my next C Read More

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  • In this video, Keenan Winery Artistic Director and “Wine Wife,” ... ... at Keenan Winery on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley above St. Helena, CA. Here, she introduces the Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit, one of the most renowned photographers of our time. She also talks about the Yarn Bombed bicycle hanging above the fireplace in the tasting room... Read More

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  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & ... purposes, the 2014 Barnett Spring Mountain Merlot.  You guys might recall that this Duckhorn wine was Wine Spectator wine of the year in 2017.  Rick was surprised we were willing to open it, but hell - these are folks that can appreciate good wine.  And he's a Marin... Read More

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  • Interestingly I have Keenan Estate Spring Mountain 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon @ my current venue's cellar.I do focus on 2013 now Vs.  other vintages of available Napa Cab's.Keenan may be worth a search, I am also looking at Cornerstone Cellars Sonoma. -as contenders for best new California Cabernet. - I tip my Hat to Sonoma for the Energy.! Read More

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  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain District to be noticeably tannic.  Maybe Keenan is the most obvious.  My research is limited to just a few bottles each year.Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter... Read More

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  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... Valley, at the top of the Spring Mountain District. Bought by Robert Keenan in 1974, the estate is historic, once housing another winery before it fell into shambles after Prohibition. Keenan restored the historic stone winery for visitors to appreciate & now ha... Read More

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  • Al, we are now now only retired, but we are retired from the entire stress of ... ... You can tell this is a Spring Mountain District Cab.  I'm not sure there are enough years in my life for this one to settle down.  Can't wait to have it with tonight's prime ri Read More

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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Bottled Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Dark, almost maroon color. Old nosesomewhat fungal. WHOA. Nothing subtle about this wine. A big mouthful. Stewed prunes, tobacco, slate. Then some still very serious tannins. I dont think there are enough years in my lifetime for this one too settle down. Im glad I opened it up, tonight. A great wine. Read More

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  •  I swear, this wine is like a "baby Cabernet Sauvignon."  I ... ... rather than the estate Spring Mountain vineyard.  An interesting wine.  Not my favorite, but much better than acceptabl Read More

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