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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Schweiger Vineyards

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

  • Sherwin Family Vineyards

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

  • Fantesca Estate & Winery

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

  • Marston Family Vineyard

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

  • 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...

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  • Freemark Abbey was actually quite good back in the late '60s, all through ... Vineyard1974 USA4. Spring Mountain Vineyard1973 USA5. Beaune Clos des Mouches Joseph Drouhin1973 France6. Freemark Abbey Winery1972 USA7. Batard-Montrachet Ramonet-Prudhon1973 France8. Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles Domaine Leflaive1972 France9. Veedercrest Vineyard... Read More

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  • I forgot to comment on the Rhododendrons.  It's hard for me to ... I ... I can encourage you to try a Spring Mountain Merlot.  Although Keenan has a good one that is labeled "Carneros."  Some of the fruit for that one comes from their Spring Mountain estate vineyard, but most of it is from a partner vineyard in the Carneros region.Let me take ... Read More

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  • I love the Ridge labels.  They are the most informative labels ... is red ... ... is red wines from the Spring Mountain District.  The ones I've had--from Chateau Chevalier, Keenan (a lot), Pride, Smith-Madrone, and Terra Valentine--have ranged from good to outstanding.  I even like Spring Mountain Merlots.  Red wines from Spring Mountain are... Read More

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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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