Spring is officially here, and that means it’s time for WineHeist to start mixing some white wine in along with the hearty reds we’ve been offering to get you through the long, cold winter. Today’s Heist features a winery we have offered before—Spring Mountain—but this time we are offering their Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from the same estate as their Cab, Spring Mountain produces a Sauvignon Blanc in the style of white Bordeaux, with neutral barrel ageing to add depth and contribute to the mouthfeel, and a touch of Semillon blended in for texture. The result is a lovely summer wine, with the stuffing to stand up to serious food.
Very pale straw in color, the 2006 Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc offers exotic aromas of apricot, lime, kiwi, and citrus peel. There is even something vaguely reminiscent of a light red wine, strawberry perhaps, that is very intriguing and can’t help but grab your attention. The palate is less overtly fruity; apple and pear are present, but with an herbal, flowery tinge. The use of neutral oak barrels imparts just a touch of wood flavor, but contributes mainly to the round, smooth mouthfeel. A reasonable acid level keeps things balanced, but unlike many a Sauvignon Blanc this has weight and depth too, and stunning length for a wine in this price range. The intensity makes this perfect for heartier or heavily seasoned fish or seafood stew.
This is a great wine for summer, and it has something to offer for everyone. For those sick of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc can be a great change of pace with its distinct varietal character. On the other hand, for those who find Sauv Blanc too green or too light, Spring Mountain shows that it can pack plenty of fruit, and with barrel aging, plenty of roundness as well. A great choice for any dinner party!
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.springmtn.com.