SMV Chardonnay and the Judgment of Paris
In 1976, in celebration of the American Bicentennial, Steven Spurrier, a wine-shop owner in Paris, organized a blind tasting, pitting renowned reds from Bordeaux and whites from Burgundy against Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays from California — varietals considered the exclusive domain of the French. The California wines included Spring Mountain Vineyard 1973 Chardonnay, which bested Premier Cru and Grand Cru Burgundy, coming in fourth overall and second among the California producers. The Paris Tasting put Napa Valley firmly on the world stage and elevated the region’s stature.
About Spring Mountain Vineyard
Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 845-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley
where austere soils produce extremely low yields of intensely flavored, long-lived wines. Only 225 acres
are planted to vine, representing 135 discrete vineyard blocks with multiple soil types, exposures and
microclimates. The privately owned estate is comprised of four historic vineyards first planted to vine in
the late 1800s. Only estate bottled wines are produced.