Wine Spectator 91
"Rich and intense, with a tight focus on supple currant, herb, anise, sage and cedary oak, all folding together on the finish, where the layers of flavors start to unfold and reveal their layers of complexity. Best from 2010 through 2016. 2,050 cases made. "
"The 2005 vintage was similar to the 1997, where a great balance between quality and quantity occurred. Up on Spring Mountain the yields were still relatively low compared to the valley, but the moderate summer and extended fall allowed the separate vineyard parcels to ripen and be picked at their individual optimal flavors.
This deeply purple wine is extremely aromatic, with large amounts of black raspberry, crushed violet spice, and cocoa nibs as well as underlying vanilla cedar spice. The palette is rich with ripe cassis and tobacco spice, as well as a dusty black earth character. The tannins are firm and chalky with crisp mountain acidity to balance. More raspberry and fennel linger on the long finish. The wine is very young still and could be consumed so with hearty food, or left to develop beautifully over the next 9-12 years.
The goal in making our Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is to produce a wine that is an expression of Spring Mountain as a whole, rather than an expression of our Estate Vineyards alone. Thus for many years we have sourced fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the higher elevations of the Mountain to produce this wine. The Spring Mountain Cabernet consists of components from our Estate Vineyards, Crowley Vineyard, and York Creek Vineyard as well as some fruit from Spring Mountain Vineyards. We are fortunate that our neighbors who so diligently farm these properties support our concept and share a small portion of this wonderful fruit with us on an annual basis. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (60% new & 40% once used).
The blend for our Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon changes with each vintage to include portions of Spring Mountain Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot. The blending decision takes place approximately one month before bottling and can vary widely in proportion. For example, the 2001 vintage contained 8% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2002 vintage 16% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2003 vintage 3% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot, and the 2004 vintage includes 5% Cabernet Franc." ~ Winery notes