Mountain Vineyard announces the hiring
of Patrick Sullivan as Technical Director of Vineyards
and Winemaking effective May 1, 2013. Sullivan will
continue the refinement of the estate wines working
with wine consultants Patrick Léon (formerly of Bordeaux’s
Château Mouton Rothschild, Alexis Lichine, Napa Valley’s
Opus One and owner of Château Les Trois Croix) for
the Bordeaux varieties and with Burgundy’s Bernard
Hervet for the estate’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Sullivan comes to Spring Mountain Vineyard from Rudd
Winery where he was winemaker since 2007. Prior to that,
he worked at Paul Hobbs, Lewis Cellars and Peter Michael.
His experience across a broad spectrum of wine regions
and varietals, most prominently those of Bordeaux and
Burgundy, made him the ideal candidate to take on the
challenge of the diverse Spring Mountain Vineyard estate.
Sullivan will work closely with vineyard manager Ron
Rosenbrand to achieve the full potential of the 135 vineyard
blocks scattered over the historic 845 acre wine estate,
a vineyard whose diverse soils and climate challenge
the winegrower to find the ultimate expression of its
"Our challenge is to achieve balance in each of
the vineyard blocks", says Sullivan. "Finding
this harmony in the grape itself will give us the opportunity
to capture terroir in the wine with minimal intervention
on my part."
Jac Cole, Spring Mountain Vineyard winemaker for the
past ten years, is pursuing other winemaking projects,
including a wine produced from his vineyard on Howell
Mountain in Napa Valley.
At 845 acres, Spring Mountain Vineyard spans from 400
to 1,600 feet in elevation, has 8 soil series within
its footprint and 135 unique vineyard blocks. 225 acres
are planted, primarily to red Bordeaux varieties that
comprise its primary wines: Elivette, a signature
proprietary wine and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc,
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are also produced.
The privately-owned, sustainably-farmed Spring Mountain
Vineyard was once four separate, but contiguous vineyards,
each with its own history: La Perla (1873), Miravalle
(1885), Chevalier (1891) and Alba (1979). In the early
1990s the vineyards became one, making it one of the
most historically significant wine estates in the Napa
This placement was made by the executive search firm
The Cypress Group of St. Helena, CA.
CONTACT: Valli Ferrell
Director of Public Relations
Spring Mountain Vineyard