Spring Mountain Vineyard2001 Cabernet Sauvignon , Estate
(Spring Mountain District ~ Napa Valley)
What a beautiful offering this is. There are aromas of soft, lovely black cherry and cassis, while on the palate the mouth-filling fruit is luscious. Most important, the wine is excellently balanced. But don’t think for a second this wine is built for the short-haul, because it isn’t. There are enough tannins here that one should hold on to it for a couple of years, enjoy it and then perhaps even present it to your grandchildren in 25 years.
The blend is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (80 percent), Merlot (15), and Petit Verdot (5) grown on the estate’s three vineyards whose elevation spans 1,400 to 1,900 feet on Spring Mountain. The oak regimen used 50 percent new French barrels. A little more than 4,000 cases were produced. The prices is $50.
Reviewed March 15, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Winery: Spring Mountain Vineyard
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.