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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Paloma Vineyard

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

  • Marston Family Vineyard

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

  • Sherwin Family Vineyards

    We are pleased to announce the release of our 2005 Sherwin Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvi...

  • Terra Valentine

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

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Spring Mountain on Snooth

  • In the spirit of paying it forward, I have now made a gift of a tasting for the second time.  First was for an on again, off again member of the boards, now for a colleague.  It makes me more thankful to my benefactor, because I would not have had the pleasure of sharing myself if I hadn't found out about SMV from him. I'll probably head up ther... Read More

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  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many ... the estate Merlot grown on Spring Mountain. The two wines are a great match; the Carneros Merlot softens the dense, powerful wines produced from the estate grown fruit. But, in 1999 we were so happy with the quality and distinctiveness of our Carneros Merlot, we de... Read More

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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... ... - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV - 2014 Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir McLean Vineyard and 2009 Church & State Quintessential Bdx Blend - from DVoglerBLM - 2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Aubry de... Read More

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  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... my ... estate is located on Spring Mountain.  I find that Spring Mountain reds have loads of tannin.  So, tannophobes should be aware.  Their Cabernet Sauvignons and their Cabernet Francs all are usually from the estate vineyard and are "Spring Mountain District" AV... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary 2011

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    Beautiful dark purple color. Rustic woody nose, but, also, a hint of alcohol. On entry lots of dried fruit flavorraisins and prunes, but without the sweetness. Some of that road tar sensation. This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry. Pretty serious unresolved tannins. I dont discount a wine just because of tannin. Tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have enjoyed Smith-Madrone in the past and have just a couple more laying ... ... of these were "Spring Mountain District" bottlings.  The CS was in the low $60s.  So, not as cost effective as the S-M.  I know that Barnett has some SVD bottlings of CS, but they get a bit too spendy for me.  I like the Merlot from another Spring Mountain nei... Read More

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  • D, we went down to Joshua Tree over spring break, came back via Diamond Bar (been meaning to write a post about the amazing dinner Mr. and Mrs, Emark served us, their hospitality, and that awesome Dunn Howell Mountain that we drank, not to mention some better than perfection Sauternes).  Part of the trip was devoted to checking out some colleges... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2014

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    Pale yellow color. Just a hint of tropical fruit on the nose. Lots of acid on introductionLemon with unripened pineapple. Some metallic hint. Another crisp and refreshing summer sipping wine, but I am of the opinion that this one is difficult to recommend a meal pairing with this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District Estate; the remainder of the fruit was harvested from Pope Valley, a grape growing region located in the eastern portion of Napa.Keenan’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested beginning on October 1st, with the final lot being picked ... Read More

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  • I'm assuming the professor inspecting it has other things to do, as well. Read More

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