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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 influenced types found in the Mt. Veeder AVA the wines tend to share a similar character though the temperature differences tend to yield softer, rounder wines with a bigger fruit impact, though with similar ageing potential. Cabernet is, not surprisingly, the predominant variety for the region. – Description from Gregory Dal Piaz

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Currently known for its mountain-grown Cabernets, this region’s first premium wines were whites, particularly Chardonnay and Riesling. The vineyards in this part of Napa County are hand-tilled and range from small to smaller. Grapes are handpicked on steep, east-facing terraces of the Mayacamas Mountains. Vineyards here are situated from 400-2,600 feet above sea level. Due to the higher elevations of the vineyards, fog is not a factor here like it is in much of Napa Valley. However, an afternoon breeze from San Pablo Bay cools the vines in the afternoon. Days are cooler and nights are warmer than on the valley floor. The growing season is long, ranging from mid-March to as late as November. Spring Mountain District’s wine-growing history reaches back as far as the Civil War. By 1874, the legendary Beringer brothers had a vineyard planted here, and in 1893 Tiburcio Parrot’s Miravalle Vineyards won a gold medal for Spring Mountain at the World’s Fair. This area continues to produce quality wines and faces a solid future as one of Napa’s premier wine-growing appellations. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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