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RR: Viognier ripens much sooner than Syrah. If you want to get Syrah ripe, it takes a longer time than it would for the Viognier. So, we do a number of things in the vineyard to delay ripening on the Viognier until the Syrah is ripe and ready to pick.
JC: Luckily, we have someone as skilled and technically versed as Ron who can apply these techniques.
Fulfillment of a Promise: Showcasing Wines of Style & Longevity
NM: But, of course, skill isn't the only thing going on here — there's a great deal of artistry, too. And these are things that you both have in spades! Bringing this all full circle, then, what would you say that you're hoping to achieve that you feel really separates Spring Mountain Vineyard from any other typical Napa mountain brand?
JC: I'm not sure that there is a typical Napa mountain brand. I think mountain Napa is a phenomenon that has developed over the last ten or fifteen years. People are finally identifying that there's a difference between the mountains and the valley floor. And the valley floor is wonderful; I have no problem there. It's a bit like comparing peaches to apricots to nectarines: they're different things and each should be appreciated for their own qualities. But I do think that the whole Spring Mountain District is a unique experience from the standpoint of its wines — because of their structure, because of their fruit forward quality, because of their ageability. Those things resonate as commonalities among all the producers here. Ours are unique, though, because we're on the side of the mountain and have so many different vineyard blocks with so many different exposures. We can come up with an incredibly layered and integrated wine like the Elivette because we have all these elements that we can interlace and make something that's complex, interesting, and long-lived that will allow people to enjoy over a long period of time.
Style and longevity. Together these are, without a doubt, the hallmark of Spring Mountain Vineyard wines — and, as it were, of the very talent that produces them. To learn more about this producer, its story, and portfolio, visit Spring Mountain Vineyard online. Photo Credits: Spring Mountain Vineyard.
Tasting Notes of the Spring Mountain Vineyard Portfolio
- 2007 Sauvignon Blanc: Aromas of ripe pineapple and lime following through generously on the palate along with a lush, round, and soft mouthfeel, bright acidity, and a long, lingering finish.
- 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: Very pronounced aromas of black currant, anise, and a bit of bramble coming through assertively on the palate with balanced acidity, sandy tannins, and a bright, red-fruit finish.
- 2005 Elivette: Pronounced aromas of black cherry and black raspberry coming through intensely on the palate along with a subtle dark chocolate flavor, balanced acidity, satiny tannins and a long, dark-fruit finish.
- 2001 Elivette: Highly pronounced aromas of purple flower and ripe black cherry coming through intensely on the palate along with dark chocolate and liquorice flavors, balanced acidity, and fine, grippy tannins, all ending with a lengthy and luxurious finish of warm spice and vanilla.
- 2006 Syrah (co-fermented with Viognier): Seductively perfumed with a pronounced nose of gardenia and jasmine, along with black raspberry following intensely on the palate, bright acidity, and chalky, mouth-coating tannins, finishing long on the palate.
- 2006 Syrah (100%): Pronounced blackberry aromas coming through on the palate with fresh acidity, grippy mouth-filling tannins, and a long, lingering finish.