Spring Mountain Vineyard
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1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain Vineyard
Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Cabernet Sauvignon 81%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 3%
22 Months in New French Oak Barrels
805 Cases
96 Points, Wine Spectator

Winemaker Notes

The wine has a deep bright ruby red color with full depth. The aroma is fragrant with distinct fruit aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon that resemble the black current. A toasty oak aroma modifies the fruit adding a distinct cedar-like tone to the bouquet. The wine displays a round, full entry with soft tannins. Its evolution in the mouth is rich , its finish is firm, the wine leaves an overall silky impression on the palate.

The 1996 Vintage

This first vintage and limited bottling of Reserve from the Spring Mountain Estate has all the elements of a wine that will continue to evolve with bottle age. The aroma has strength in fruit, but a complex wood component in the bouquet will strengthen as the fruit aromas of youth fade. The palate has a depth of strength in soft tannin to keep a edge to the velvety finish for years to come.

Spring Mountain Reserve

Spring Mountain Reserve is the ultimate vinicultural and artistic expression of our Estate. Each year, certain lots demonstrate a personality and a quality level that immediately sets them apart from other wines. These are the lots destined to create Spring Mountain Reserve, a wine that will showcase a beautiful combination of concentration, harmony, and character during its long life.

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 14 % v/v
Total Acidity 5.8 g/L
pH 3.75
Volatile Acidity 0.73 g/L
Residual Sugar < 0.1 g/L
Malic Acid < 0.14 g/L
Flavonoid Phenolics 2020 mg/L
Non-Flavonoid 350 mg/L
Total Phenolics 2370 mg/L
Total SO2 37 mg/L@bottling
Free SO2 11 mg/L@bottling
Vineyards: La Perla 69%, Chevalier 28%, Miravalle 3%
Grape Varieties Cab. Sauv 81%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 3%
Heat Summation [4/1-10/15] 32-100 days
Total Rainfall [Jan-Dec] 52.97"
Season Rainfall [4/1-10/15] 6.33”
Harvest Period September 12th - October 10th
Yield 0.50 - 3 tons/acre
Ferm Length 6 to 9 days
Yeast Native
Barrel Maker Seguin Moreau, Demptos, Radoux, Sylvan, Nadalie
Barrel Type Chateau Ferre; French Oak Barrels
Barrel Age 100% New
Toast Level Medium +
Time in Barrel 22 months
Fining None
Filtration K –150
Bottling Date September 15, 1998