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Wine Spectator "Must See" DWWA 2013 Regional Trophy for 2010 Elivette

1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Spring Mountain Vineyard
Appellation:
Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon 81%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 3%
Aged:
22 Months in New French Oak Barrels
Production:
3,486 Cases
Rating:
95 Points, Wine Spectator

Winemaker Notes

The 1997 Spring Mountain Reserve is a meritage styled wine that utilizes four of the five classic Bordeaux varietals. The heart of the blend comes from our La Perla property complimented by some outstanding lots from Alba and Miravalle.


The 1997 Vintage

Beautiful spring weather and bud break in early March preceded a cooler than normal summer. Vine fertility was lower than 1998, despite the smaller crop levels, most vineyards were slow to ripen due to the cool weather. Glorious fall weather pushed the grapes to perfect ripeness, resulting in a mid to late October harvest of grapes that had an ideal combination of intense fruit and balancing acidity. Spring Mountain Reserve is the ultimate vini-cultural 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 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.