92 points - Tasting Panel Magazine
The previous vintage of Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was a huge hit when we offered it earlier this year, so we jumped at the chance to secure an allocation of the equally stunning 2006 vintage. Spring Mountain uses all estate grown fruit from their vineyards on Spring Mountain, an estate that dates all the way back to the 1870s, with a tiny percentage of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot blended into the Cabernet Sauvignon for added complexity. The careful attention to detail that Spring Mountain pays in their farming and winemaking shines through in the finished wine, which shows off both the exuberant fruit of Napa Valley Cabernet, and the structure of high altitude vineyards.
The 2006 Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in color, with a purple core. The nose is astoundingly complex, with classic Cabernet aromas of currant, leather, cigar box, and black cherry, along with more exotic notes of cinnamon and vanilla. The palate is loaded with black currant and licorice, along with just the slightest hint of dried herb. The tannins are smooth and voluptuous, gently coating the palate with layers of flavor, while good acidity lengthens the finish and balances out the ripe fruit flavors. This is definitely complex enough to be a candidate for enjoying without food, but it's so graceful that it will pair with anything from medium to full flavored dishes, especially those starring red meat. This is one to buy a case of for the cellar, and break out when its time to impress!
Appellation: Napa Valley - Spring Mountain District Estate Grown and Bottled
Assemblage: Cabernet Sauvignon 93%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 2%
Aging: 22 Months in French Oak
Bottled: August 2008
Released: May 2010
Production: 4,408 Cases
The 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.
Learn more at www.springmountainvineyard.com.