Spring Mountain Vineyard
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1997 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain Vineyard
Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Cabernet Sauvignon 77%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 3%
22 Months in New French Oak Barrels
7,322 Cases
July 1, 1999
92 Points, Wine Spectator

Winemaker Notes

The wine has a brilliant ruby red color of considerable depth. The wine's aroma gives impressions of smoke and cedar wood. It is developing a bouquet that is becoming more truffle-like and earthy with age. In the mouth, the wine displays a round and full entry on the palate with broad and soft tannins. The evolution of its flavor is a rich and velvety impression with a firm finish.

The 1997 Vintage

This is a great vintage. This wine is big, full bodied, and intense in flavor. 1997 was a warm year for on Spring Mountain with unusually large fluctuations between day and night temperatures. Grapes were early ripening and laden with color, tannin, and strong varietal character. This was the first year we had access to all the La Perla fruit which expanded our production and brought wonderful new lots into our wine inventory. A wholly satisfying year; and one that will improve as time passes.

Spring Mountain Estate

Grapes from each of the four vineyard properties are considered as we select the lots to be used in our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The multitude of top quality lots with distinctly different attributes allows us to be extremely selective in making the final blend. The result is a true Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the unique growing conditions of the Spring Mountain growing district.

Spring Mountain Vineyard

Originally four individual historic Napa Valley properties, Miravalle, La Perla, Alba, and Chevalier have now been combined to create an 850 acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain overlooking the small town of Saint Helena. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, creating 135 separate hillside vineyard blocks each with its own unique soil, exposure, and microclimate. The vineyard is planted in densities of 4,000 vines per acre and trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method that was invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans.

Detailed Analysis

Alcohol 13.8% v/v
Total Acidity 6.1 g/L
pH 3.65
Volatile Acidity .068 g/100mL
Residual Sugar < 0.01 g/100mL
Malic Acid < 0.15 g/L
Flavonoid Phenolics 2230 mg/L
Non-Flavonoid 260 mg/L
Total Phenolics 2490 mg/L
Total Sulfur Dioxide 50 mg/L@bottling
Free Sulfur Dioxide 25 mg/L@bottling
Vineyard La Perla 52%, Chev 24%, Mira 15%, Alba 9%
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon 77%, Merlot 20%, Franc 3%
Heat Summation [4/1-10/16] 33-95 days
Total Rainfall [Jan.-Dec.] 29.97”
Season Rainfall [4/1 – 10/16] 13.22”
Harvest Period September 2–October 16th
Yield .5 – 2.5 ton/acre
Yeast Indigenous 100%
Fermentation Length 6-10 days
Fermentation Temp 75 - 80 F
Barrel Type Chateau Ferre, French Oak
Barrel Age 100% New
Barrel Maker Seguin, Demptos, Radoux, Bossuet, & Berger
Toast Level Medium
Time in Barrel 22 Months
Fining None
Filtration EK-150
Bottling Date July 1-7, 1999