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Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Estate 2000

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The home property for Fife Vineyards is a 56 acre parcel on Spring Mountain at an elevation between 1600 and 1800 feet. Fife Vineyards purchased the land because its soils and exposure are perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon. Virtually every neighbor has a renowned vineyard. This wine is made from a selection of fruit from our neighboring vineyards. Tasting Notes: In 2000 we had good winter rains that ended in early spring. Flowering was about normal and gave a good start to the season. The most significant quality factor was a long, cool and even ripening season. In our vineyards this promoted small berries and appropriate hang-time, which allowed the fruit to develop richness and concentration. We love Cabernet Sauvignon that opens with aromas of dark chocolate and dark berries and this one does precisely that. On the palate, the wine is seamless, with tannis as soft as felt and flavors reminiscent of blackberries, bing cherries, blueberries and cassis. We work hard to avoid overoaked wines, and this one, we think, is lovely, no heavy mantle of oak, vanilla or toast is discernable.Spring Mountain, Napa Valley85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet FrancAlcohol 14.2%pH 3.90TA 0.57Cases Produced:1200 casesOak:19 MonthsFrench 1 - 3 Yrs. Old100%Released: June, 2003

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Spring Mountain Vineyard:
he new Spring Mountain Vineyard was once three separate properties each with its own vineyard and winery: Spring Mountain Vineyards (Miravalle) 257 acres, Chateau Chevalier (Chevalier) 120 acres, and Draper Vineyards (La Perla) 435 acres. The upper most property on the estate, La Perla, was founded in 1873 by Charles Lemme and expanded by the Schilling Spice family. Originally 285 acres it ha... Read more
he new Spring Mountain Vineyard was once three separate properties each with its own vineyard and winery: Spring Mountain Vineyards (Miravalle) 257 acres, Chateau Chevalier (Chevalier) 120 acres, and Draper Vineyards (La Perla) 435 acres. The upper most property on the estate, La Perla, was founded in 1873 by Charles Lemme and expanded by the Schilling Spice family. Originally 285 acres it had the first Cabernet Sauvignon planted on Spring Mountain. The old winery remains today along with much of its original equipment and horse drawn carriages and wagons. Immediately below La Perla, and eventually added to it was the first vineyard planted by Fredrick and Jacob Beringer in 1882. These terraced hillsides were planted in a wide assortment of grape varieties to support the Beringer brothers fledgling winery. Adjoining to the north of the Beringer vineyard was a Frenchman, Fortune Chevalier, whose stone winery, Chateau Chevalier, was making wine in 1891. And finally, next door to Chevalier was Tiburcio Parrott who grew olives, citrus and grapes. Parrott built a grand home on the estate which he named Miravalle. Read less

The home property for Fife Vineyards is a 56 acre parcel on Spring Mountain at an elevation between 1600 and 1800 feet. Fife Vineyards purchased the land because its soils and exposure are perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon. Virtually every neighbor has a renowned vineyard. This wine is made from a selection of fruit from our neighboring vineyards. Tasting Notes: In 2000 we had good winter rains that ended in early spring. Flowering was about normal and gave a good start to the season. The most significant quality factor was a long, cool and even ripening season. In our vineyards this promoted small berries and appropriate hang-time, which allowed the fruit to develop richness and concentration. We love Cabernet Sauvignon that opens with aromas of dark chocolate and dark berries and this one does precisely that. On the palate, the wine is seamless, with tannis as soft as felt and flavors reminiscent of blackberries, bing cherries, blueberries and cassis. We work hard to avoid overoaked wines, and this one, we think, is lovely, no heavy mantle of oak, vanilla or toast is discernable.Spring Mountain, Napa Valley85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet FrancAlcohol 14.2%pH 3.90TA 0.57Cases Produced:1200 casesOak:19 MonthsFrench 1 - 3 Yrs. Old100%Released: June, 2003

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