Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Rich and complex, with a pretty array of tightly wound currant, coffee, plum and mocha flavors that are concentrated and well-focused, finishing with firm yet softening tannins and a splash of toasty oak, anise and clean earth.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88The 1994 Miravalle Alba Chevalier Proprietary Red Wine (for Spring Mountain, a large production of 6,250 cases) is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. While it is less tannic than the 1993, more elegant and California-like, it retains a certain austerity, but does unfold nicely on the palate to reveal stylish, rich black currant fruit intermixed with subtle herbaceous notes, minerals, and wood spices. It requires 3-4 more years of cellaring, and should keep for a minimum of 10-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
Spring Mountain now produces several different varieties on the three estates for its many wines. These include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Petite Verdot, which are used in their single varietal releases and in their renowned Bordeaux blend.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 21 bottles owned
- 14 collectors