Winemaker's Notes: "Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 10%, Petit
Verdot 6%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 3%. The 2010 Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet has a structured entry delivering a complex array of aromas including black cherry and cranberry fruit,
baking spices, roasted meat, tobacco leaf, cola and floral notes. The palate is textured, serving up
flavors of chocolate, cherries, mocha and spice. In its youth, decant 1-2 hours before service for full
enjoyment. Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 845 acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain. Over 225 acres
of the estate are planted to vine, representing 135 distinct hillside vineyard blocks with many soil types,
exposures, and microclimates. Originally four individual 19th century Napa Valley vineyards, Miravalle,
Alba, Chevalier and La Perla are now one vineyard producing exclusively estate grown wines. A
substantial portion of the vineyard is planted in densities of over 4,000 vines per acre. Because of the
diverse and challenging terrain, the vines are trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical training
method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Growing primarily Bordeaux grape varieties,
the vineyard yields distinctive mountain wines that consistently display concentration, elegance and
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By: Kaj Stromer
K&L Staff Member
Few things excite me more than properly matured Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from classic hillside estates. Buyer Ryan Woodhouse really scored here when he secured a cache of 10 year old Cabernet direct from the estates caves. One whiff of this wine makes you feel like your doing something regal. The aromatics are pure and refined with hints of minerality, led pencil, blackberry, and cassis. This reminds of a classified growth Bordeaux. I would serve this next to a proper prime rib of beef. Considering our "Hidden Price", I'd say this is the Cabernet Buy of the year...so far.
By: Will Blakely
K&L Staff Member
This has retained so much life after 10 years, and I can assure you it will keep improving for at least several more. The tannic structure remains firm, only now beginning to soften and unravel, so give it some air. Once you do, you will find the results remarkable. Though it is beginning to show the savory aspects of age - leather, dried brush, robust cedar - it still delivers bright red cherry and plum, balanced beautifully by the high acid and herbal characters of prime mountain fruit. At this price, I'd highly recommend stocking up; grab a few bottles to hold on to, and a few more to drink with a great steak.
By: Blake Conklin
K&L Staff Member
Here's a wine Jane Wyman's Angela Channing would be proud of... and boy, what a damn fine expression of Spring Mountain cabernet this is. When I first opened this bottle, it was still a little tight, so I wasn't completely sure what to think, but good things tend to happen for those who wait, and after 30-45 minutes of air, I can honestly say not only did it open up beautifully, it was completely worth the wait. The 2010 vintage of this offering showcases many iconic notes you would find in a well made Napa cabernet. Chocolate, plum, mocha, baking spice, there is so much going on in this bottle. If you want to fall into the rabbit hole of drinking older vintage wines like myself, this is a fantastic one to start. And for the price we're offering right now, what's not to love!
By: Ryan Woodhouse
K&L Staff Member
The real beauty of great Spring Mountain Cabernet truly emerges with time. This bottling almost has 10 years under its belt and is really hitting its stride. Hailing from the historic property of Spring Mountain Vineyard that has produced some of the finest representations of its namesake region, this bottle is everything you could want from a classically styled, mature, mountain grown Cabernet. It's packed with smoky black and blue fruits, singed cedar, pipe tobacco, briary notes and crushed rock. Still plenty of primary fruit, but the big mountain tannins have softened up nicely and caress the palate. The savory, varietal aspects of Cabernet grown on Spring Mountain are aligning beautifully with some of the secondary aromas and flavors that are just starting to emerge from bottling ageing. It's perfect for rack of lamb or tender short ribs. This library wine, bought direct from the winery with perfect provenance, was previously only sold to restaurants, however due to our long partnership with the winery, we were offered this exclusive parcel and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you!
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