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

1997 Syrah


Spring Mountain Vineyard
Appellation:
Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Vineyard:
Miravalle 100%
Varietal:
Syrah 100%
Aged:
30 Months in 1/2 New French Oak Barrels
Production:
684 Cases
Rating:
91 Points, Wine Spectator
 

Winemaker Notes

Opaque purplish, dark ruby with a vibrant red rim. Deep, balanced ripe blackberry and black raspberry flavors accented by minerals and some game. Rich, ripe flavors of blackberry and blueberry on the palate with balanced oak and a long finish. Well-constituted and built to last.

The 1997 Vintage

The growing season began early with moderate to warm weather lasting the length of the season. Harvest was early and heavy. The warm days of September ripened the fruit to its full physiological development.

Spring Mountain Syrah

First produced in 1995, the success of Spring Mountain Syrah reflects the versatility and uniqueness of the 225 acres planted on our estate. The Syrah blocks are planted with an eclectic mix of European clones from world-renowned vineyards. All of the grapes for this wine come from the Miravalle property, originally planted by Tiburcio Parrott in 1885. Miravalle is one of the warmest spots on the estate with a mix of alluvial and stony soils that are ideal conditions for the Syrah grape.

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 14.0% v/v
Total Acidity 5.9 g/L
pH 3.71
Volatile Acidity 71 g/L
Residual Sugar < 0.02 g/100mL
Malic Acid < 0.14 g/L
Flavonoid Phenolics 1965 mg/L
Non-flavonoid 325 mg/L
Total 2290 mg/L
Total Sulfur Dioxide 67 mg/L@bottling
Free Sulfur Dioxide 17 mg/L@bottling
Vineyards: Miravalle 100%
Grape Varieties Syrah 100%
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 5
Ferm. Length 8 days
Ferm. Temp 80 F
Yeast Native
Barrel Type French Oak Barrels
Barrel Maker Chateau Ferre
Toast Level Medium +
Time in Barrel 30 months
Barrel Age new, used
Fining none
Filtration K-150
Bottling Date April 20, 2000