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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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  • Fantesca Estate & Winery

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

  • Spring Mountain Vineyard

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

  • Marston Family Vineyard

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

  • York Creek Vineyards

    YORK CREEK VINEYARDS runs up and over the crest of the mountains to the west of the town of St. H...

  • Peacock Family Vineyard

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

  • Vineyard 7 & 8

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

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  • Keenan Napa Syrah Spring Mountain 2010


    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

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  • Terra Valentine Marriage 2008


    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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  • Sounds like you two had a great time, also thanks for the excellent report. Read More

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  • Nice report Richard. Did they take you into the caves or were they too busy setting up for the party? Back vintages are plentiful as they hold back a lot of wine. Our favorite from the party was the '09 Elivette. Read More

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  • Great report, Fox, thanks. It's a winery I've been aware of for years but it was always hanging just barely out of sight on the periphery of my vision, so with time priorities and all, never seemed to warrant being chased down. Your relay of their story, however, shows that judgment was mistaken.Also your sixth paragraph explains why the '83 Bor... Read More

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  • DV, you get first shot at my gift of a visit to SMV. since I owe you for the equally excellent, in a different way, visit to Hendry.  Need to go back there when you are here, but let's make it a day and go to SMV, too. Read More

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