Spring Mountain Vineyard
Greetings from Winemaker Patrick Sullivan
When I came to Spring Mountain Vineyard in 2013, just prior to harvest, I was amazed at the complexity and diversity of the estate. With 845 acres of forested hillside and 225 acres of vines on 135 distinct vineyard blocks, I needed GPS to find not only the location of each block, but where the heck I was in relation to the winery.
My first harvest was made easier by vineyard manager Ron Rosenbrand, whose knowledge of each block’s nuances was a godsend. Our shared belief is that great wine is made in the vineyard. And with the unique set of natural circumstances inherent in our estate vineyards, my job as winemaker is exciting and fulfilling.
The Spring Mountain Vineyard estate represents nearly 25% of the total planted acres in the Spring Mountain District. I believe that when you taste a wine from this estate, you taste the essence of the appellation and the characteristics that define our wines and those of our neighbors.
I welcome your exploration of this beautiful winegrowing appellation. Spring Mountain Vineyard is open daily by appointment for a variety of tasting experiences. I hope to see you at SMV one day soon.
Spring Mountain Vineyard Wines
In the mid 1990s, Jacob E. Safra purchased four contiguous 19th century vineyards on Spring Mountain and devoted the historic estate to making one signature wine: Elivette. He replanted the hillside vineyards to the classic red Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, all ideally suited to Spring Mountain. The estate’s diversity in elevation, soils and multiple microclimates provides a wealth of choices for Elivette and the other estate wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Signature characteristics of Spring Mountain Vineyard wines are concentration, pure varietal intensity, bright acidity, round tannins and, for the reds, the ability to age gracefully over time.
Spring Mountain Vineyard History
A century ago, Spring Mountain Vineyard consisted of four separate, but adjoining vineyards established by European immigrants who looked above the valley floor to the hillsides to plant their vineyards.
At the highest elevation (1600 feet) is the La Perla Winery, built in 1870, on the site where German-born Charles Lemme made history by planting the very first Cabernet vines on Spring Mountain. Just below at 1200 feet is the Beringer brothers’ original vineyard, planted in 1882. A little further down the mountain at 1000 feet is Chateau Chevalier, a vineyard planted in 1891 by French-born Fortune Chevalier. His towered stone chateau remains sturdy and strong today thanks to recent restoration. Finally, at 400 feet is Miravalle, the 1885 estate of Mexican-born Tiburcio Parrott, with its beautiful Victorian home, Eastlake horse barn and original wine cave.
These friends and neighbors produced many wines of distinction, including award winning ‘claret’ during the pre-Prohibition period on Spring Mountain.
2805 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
Tasting daily by appointment only
Phone: 877.769.4637 or 707.967.4188 springmountainvineyard.com