Spring Mountain District
The opportunity to purchase fruit from the prestigious Spring Mountain District was a turning point for Quivet Cellars. The appellation lies above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains that separate Napa Valley from Sonoma County. While grapes may have been grown in the area as early as the American Civil War, the first documented planting is that of Charles Lemme, who cultivated 25 acres in 1874.
Our 30-acre vineyard on Spring Mountain was originally planted in 1990 by the Raymond family was purchased by its current owners in 1995. The vineyard, which sits at elevations between 600 to 1000 feet, exudes variations of slope, aspect, and soil. Sandstone, red clay and volcanic rock comprise the sedimentary-type soils, where vines are planted on steep, hand-carved terraces. The vineyard has thirty-percent slopes which face south to southeast so the vines are sun-drenched until mid-day, then able to enjoy the afternoon heat without direct sun exposure. This produces an even ripening pattern with no risk of sunburn or dehydration during the late hot summer heat. Yields have averaged 1.5 tons per acre. Perched atop a beautiful ridge, much like a compass rose, the vineyard is comprised of multiple exposure points that span a full 360 degrees around a central knoll. Though planted exclusively to clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon, these exposures yield variety in vine orientation and tannin intensity, all of which lend to the unique characteristics of this vineyard. Wines produced from this vineyard express intense and concentrated flavors coupled with polished mountain tannins. Dark, firm, rich and structured. While accessible in their youth, the wines will age gracefully, producing more overall complexity and balance.
The Spring Mountain District was officially established as an AVA in 1993. Current day, the region is comprised of more than 1,000 vineyard acres, spread across almost 8,600 acres of land, showcasing more than 30 vineyards and wineries. The terrain is mixed with terraces, slopes, forest land, and is infamous for the winding switchbacks that lead you up the mountain. The Spring Mountain District continues to receive worldwide notoriety with wines distinguished by intense flavors and balanced tannins.