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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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  • Fantesca Estate & Winery

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

  • School House Vineyard

    The School House Vineyard is nestled among the cool, lush forested slopes of Spring Mountain abov...

  • Peacock Family Vineyard

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

  • Schweiger Vineyards

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

  • Marston Family Vineyard

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

  • 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

  • Here's the link ... Howell Mtn, Stags Leap, Spring Mountain, Diamond MOuntain, Mount Veeder and (coming soon!) Pritchard Hill sub AVAs are all hilly/mountainous.  No guarantee, but I find the wines from those areas more to my liking.  Rutherford can mean valley floor, rolling areas on the eastern edge like George III vineyard are better than th... Read More

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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Wine review by dslewin


  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... Valley Cabs come from the Spring Mountain District.  Of course, my opinion may be biased by the fact that the producers in this region, for the most part, are a tad more reasonable about their pricing. Of course, outstanding wines are made from other grape varieties ... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2005

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    Very pretty plum color in the glass. A lot happening on the nose--berry, anise, menthol. Honest to gosh my first tongue sensation was bubble gum. Thankfully that dissipated quickly. I do still get some of those herbal things that were detected in the nose. A quite sturdy wine--from nice tannin and acid. A very good wine. $73.00 from the w... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2011

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    HInts of melon and apple on the nose. VERY CRISP AND REFRESHING initial palate sensation. Yes, I can tast the melon and tart apple. Tart apple implies acid and this wine has it in a very satisfying way. This is clearly a food wine. We're having grilled salmon, later. US$24.80 from the winery club. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a real nice Napa Valley Syrah last night that reminded me so much of the ... a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain in St Helena. Warm climate but lots of afternoon shade allow it to develop a nice acid structure an some red raspberry notes. The only place I have seen this is at BP Wines in SH. Worth seeking out, especially if you are a... Read More

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  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Wine review by rebeccawow


  • Robert Keenan Reserve Merlot Spring Mountain District 2000

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    Some flowery aromas, some oaky bouquet. Very gerntle on the tip of the tongue--velvety with some sweet sensations. Raspberry fruit flavors, but that is only on the tip of the tongue. As the wine passes through the palate some very civilized tannins appear. Good balance from acid.. A very smooth wine that is easy to enjoy now, and might, pos... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jon turned me on to the Waterstone the other day, but I haven't cracked it, ... ... is a second label for Spring Mountain Winery.  This wine is also designated Spring Mountain District.  So, it is a brutally big and tannic wine.  But if you are grilling steaks or something like that, it's great.Also, I don't know how much you hang out here on ... Read More

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  • I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places ... the Silverado side. The 2008 Spring Mountain Cabernet was really nice! Next was Casa Nuestra, which I wanted to visit because they offer some different varietals not common in the valley.  Solid and enjoyable wines, but alas a mere 87 and 88 points.  Ha!  Nice dry... Read More

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