Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


SKU 04188



This great Napa estate, Spring Mountain Vineyard, has a long history of grape growing and producing top quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The part of the estate named La Perla, was founded in 1873 by Charles Lemme and expanded by the Schilling Spice family. Originally 285 acres, it was where the first Cabernet Sauvignon was planted up on Spring Mountain. The old winery remains today along with much of its original equipment and horse drawn carriages and wagons. Immediately below La Perla, and eventually added to it was the first vineyard planted by Fredrick and Jacob Beringer in 1882. These terraced hillsides were planted in a wide assortment of grape varieties to support the Beringer brothers fledgling winery. Adjoining to the north of the Beringer vineyard was a Frenchman, Fortune Chevalier, whose stone winery, Chateau Chevalier, was making wine in 1891. And finally, next door to Chevalier was Tiburcio Parrott who grew olives, citrus and grapes. Parrott built a grand home on the estate which he named Miravalle.

Perhaps taking a cue from Abraham Lincoln, Parrott, the founder of what today is known as Spring Mountain Vineyard, became a champion of freedom and of every man’s right to earn a living, regardless of race, creed or color. His standoff and ultimate victory against the State of California, amid the most divisive era in American history, reversed a discriminatory addition to the California State Constitution of 1879 that prohibited the employment of Chinese or Mongolian workers by corporations in the state.

In modern days, Spring Mountain Vineyard has been a sustainable wine estate since 1992 when it came under new ownership and direction. Sustainable winegrowing has been a matter of course at Spring Mountain Vineyard from day one, not something adopted because it became fashionable to do so. From the beginning, responsible stewardship has been a primary goal in their vineyards. Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 845 acre footprint with 225 acres of vineyard located near forests, streams and a diverse and thriving animal habitat. Its steep elevations and varied terrain present challenges that they have met by using a variety of sustainable methods that not only preserve the land and the eco-system, but enhance vine health and wine quality.

The 2012 Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet is made of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot. 3% Petit Verdot, and 3 % Malbec. The alcohol level is moderate by today's California Cabernet standards at 14.1%. Aged for 22 Months in French oak, 60% new, this has expressive aromas of raspberry, plum, chocolate, brown spice and black pepper. A mouth-watering, sweet entry leads to a full-bodied wine that delivers rich, dark mountain fruit and plush tannins. This vintage promises early enjoyment. Enjoy 2015 – 2025. Only 4,002 cases crafted.

Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Spring Mountain District
Brand Spring Mountain Vineyard
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis grippy Cab exhibits the power of the 10% Petit Verdot in the blend, softened by 6% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Cassis and raspberry provide a fruity core around lush, tight tannins and a black pepper-seasoned finish. Full bodied, it remains elegant in the glass.

Virginie Boone, February 1, 2016