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

1999 Syrah


Spring Mountain Vineyard
Appellation:
Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
Vineyard:
Miravalle 100%
Varietal:
Syrah 100%
Aged:
22 Months in French Oak Barrels
Production:
1,100 Cases
Rating:
90 Points, Wine Spectator
 

Winemaker Notes

The opaque red color of our 1999 Syrah epitomizes the power and structure of this wine. Aromas of concentrated ripe, dark cherry and blackberry accent notes of fresh spices, pepper, and wild game. Ripe plums and blackberries highlight the full-bodied, rich flavors on the palate that finish with distinct, well-developed tannins.

The 1999 Vintage

Beautiful spring weather led to a consistent but small fruit set. A cooler than normal summer ensured a longer growing season that ultimately led to a relatively late October harvest of perfectly ripened fruit with impeccably balanced acids and tannins.

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.