While in Napa this past July, my palate began to dream... Vivid and fermented thoughts of rich mountain fruit dominated the reverie. Knowing this urge couldn't be restrained, I quickly found my way to Spring Mountain Vineyard, and my palate was thankful.
Taken directly from the source: "Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 850 acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain which rises behind the town of Saint Helena. The vineyard occupies about 226 acres of the estate and is broken into 135 small and separate hillside vineyard blocks. Each small block and slope has a unique soil, exposure to the sun, and microclimate."
When I arrived, it was a beautiful day, the sun beat down and I couldn't have asked for better hospitality. The pleasure of sampling a serious line-up of wine was soon to be mine.
We started with a refreshing 2007 Spring Mountain Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel fermentation and sur-lie batonnage give the crisp juice a delightfully rich nuance. From here, we moved onto the decadent 2001 Elivette. From the famed '01 vintage, this Gobelet-grown wine packs serious depth while offering seamless, elegant fruit and a velvety, prolonged finish.
We ended with a very special library release, the storied 1993 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. With only 760 cases made, this treat was rare. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 13%, and Cabernet Franc 11%, marry together from separate blocks transforming into something more than the sum of its parts. Still impressively young, the first release from the new estate, sets the bar high with a sweet kiss of cedar folded with classic blackberry, minty dark chocolate, and lead-wrapped earthy goodness.
As outlined on their website, "Spring Mountain Vineyard's goal is to produce exceptional wines that showcase powerful mountain fruit that through gentle and graceful winemaking produces wine with elegance and strength." Given Spring Mountain's cool, rainy climate compared to other AVAs, the vineyard's vertical goblet trellising and resulting low yields, I find these vines produce wines that sing!
Should you find yourself in Napa, California in search of wine from serious mountain fruit - I suggest you find your way to Spring Mountain Vineyard and taste the dream.
Photos & film by: Fermented Thoughts
Music by: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Source: Spring Mountain Vineyard