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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard

    he new Spring Mountain Vineyard was once three separate properties each with its own vineyard and...

  • 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...

  • Marston Family Vineyard

    Our family vineyard is a hidden gem on the most southern slopes of Spring Mountain above the Napa...

  • Paloma Vineyard

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

  • Schweiger Vineyards

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

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  • PS: Apologies to Wine NZ for leaving Gisborne out and not mentioning the Northland wineries.PPS: If you are doing the two islands in a motor home (RV for our North American friends) like we did:Rule 1: check the gas hot water system and heating is working, even if it is alleged "spring time" in the South Island as night time temperatures are sti... Read More

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  • Fox, Terra Valentine is a neighbor of Smith-Madrone on Spring Mountain, and I tasted a very good dry Riesling when I visited there almost exactly one year ago.  (Later that evening Mrs. EMark and I had a terrific dinner in Glen Ellen with a couple of really great Snooth guys.)  It was good enough to convince me to buy a couple bottles They might... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... going to put in a vote for Spring Mountain (immediately west of the town of St. Helena).  I have visited three wineries on Spring Mountain:  Keenan, Pride and Terra Valentine (alphabetically).  All three of these produce outstanding wines.  While they all produce wines ... Read More

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  • OK, getting back in the groove this is what I plan to have this ... Keenan ... Keenan estate vineyard on Spring Mountain and Carneros.  Then, they have a Reserve bottling totally sourced from Spring Mountain.  Believe me, this is Merlot that a CS lover can enjoy.  They also have an outstanding blend called Mernet--50% Merlot/25% Cabernet Sauvi... Read More

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  • There goes another paycheck. ******     "These are vineyard wines. Our responsibility is to safeguard the wine during its passage from vineyard to bottle and to protect it from too much wine-making" - Stephen Lagier & Carole Meredith. WOW! Protecting the wine from TOO MUCH WINE-MAKING! Think about that!   Dear Oenophile,   Let's begin with their... Read More

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  • Release: 2012 Shake Ridge Ranch MourvèdreMountain Cat fights Timber SnakeShake Ridge Ranch rests between 1700 and 2000 ft. in elevation in the rugged soils of Amador County. It is a curious blend of dirt and rock, lovingly farmed by Ann Kraemer and family. Shake Ridge Ranch is in the DNA of Dirty and Rowdy.  Kate and Hardy worked at Shake Ridge ... Read More

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  • I've posted some notes on this producers wines in the Whatcha drinking ... ... ... tannic structure. Very Spring Mountainish tannins.2013 Apsara Las Madres Syrah - This was really young and the nose is a touch reduced. Typical brash Las Madres fruit profile. Needs time to develop though. Thanks to Robin for taking time out of his day to deal ... Read More

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  • 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

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  •  I'm better about waiting in my 60's than I was in my ... like ... ... like that Phillip Togni Spring Mountain Cab that I bought will outlive me.How do I know which wines are ready to drink within a year or so of their vintage and which ones will benefit from one or more years of storage?Dave, I truly hope that somebody else jumps in here and... Read More

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  • Thanks, OT and Fox for your comments.  I have to say that the TV Syrah had ... had ... my experience with Spring Mountain red wines is that the tannin hits pretty quickly.  Even with my meal (grilled tuna), OT, I felt it was an inoffensive wine, but not one that I would seek out again.  I'm sure I tasted it when I was at the winery (BTW, that ... Read More

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