2004 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cab

It’s hard to not fall in love with an American winery that’s been around since the 1800’s and has a long track-record of producing top-quality wine for decades. And what’s there to say about a winery that even had Conan O’Brien out and let him run amuck around the vineyard?  Spring Mountain is truely an iconic California producer that takes itself very seriously when it comes to wine-making, but also knows how to have fun. That’s the best way I can quickly describe this cab – it has a serious side but also knows how to have a great time! 

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Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District
  • Estate Grown and Bottled
  • Assemblage: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%,
  • Cabernet Franc 8%, Petit Verdot 2%
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Aging: 22 Months in French Oak
  • Bottled: August 2006
  • Released: January 2008
  • Production: 2,800 Cases
  • Price $55

Nose: Plum, blackberry and blueberry – along with hints of cherries. Some dirt, chocolate, pipe smoke and asphalt. 

Taste: Heavy dose of peppery fruit on the front-end of the palate – nice layering of the fruit – black cherry, black plums, oak and afternote flavors of black licorice. This is a wine that will only get better with a few more years in the bottle – in proper storage. It drinks good now, however, I don’t think it’s worth $55 dollars. That’s my opionion, however, you still owe it to yourself to get out and try this wine as there’s a chance you may really enjoy it. In today’s global market of competition between world-wide wine regions, it’s always a balancing act between price and quality – that’s an issue all wineries deal with all the time.

W.E.P. Score: 80%

Winery website: www.springmountainvineyard.com