2010 Amici Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Wine: This 2010 Amici Cellars Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a fresh, elegant expression of its famous appellation. The vineyard source for this wine sits on the eastern side of the Mayacamas at an elevation of approximately 1500 feet. The combination of morning sun and evenings cooled by mountain air allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly without major heat spikes. These conditions produced an elegant, balanced wine with spicy aromas and Spring Mountain’s signature dark red fruit and graceful tannins, highlighted by fresh acidity. 200 cases produced.
Winemaker Notes: Richly aromatic, this wine shows initial aromas of cinnamon and spice leading to layers of dark red fruit. On the palate, the wine is structured and complex, with a core of ripe plums, black cherry and sweet raspberries framed by fine tannins and balanced acidity. -Joel Aiken
Appellation Notes: The Spring Mountain appellation lies above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains that separate Napa Valley from Sonoma Valley. The area is defined by small vineyards, often hand-tilled on terraces and sloping meadows, and wineries hidden from view among steep winding roads. Over the years, despite its limited space and remoteness, the Spring Mountain appellation has produced an abundance of wines acclaimed worldwide for an unmistakable profile. Unlike other mountain appellations, these wines have an intense flavor that leans more to dark red fruit than black, with an earthy minerality and unusually silky, balanced tannins.
2010 Vintage: The relatively cool growing season began with excellent amounts of winter rainfall to replenish the vines and no frost damage in the vineyards. Occasional heat spikes in late summer and early fall encouraged ripening and higher sugar levels. Cooler than average temperatures returned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome warm and consistent "Indian Summer" that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board. A late harvest, which is typical on Spring Mountain, allowed the grapes extra hang time, increasing ripeness and deepening color and flavor complexity of the finished wine.
Appellation: Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: Barrel aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 80% new
Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc
"Winemaker Joel Aiken was lucky enough to source fruit from this famous Napa Valley appellation, and its mountain origins show in both the intensity of flavors and of tannins. The fruit is remarkably concentrated in cassis, with a tangy minerality that must come from the soil. New French oak, with its tannins and sweet toast, has been perfectly applied. The wine is vital, harmonious and young. Give it 10 or 15 years to begin to come around. 94 points, Cellar Selection."
--Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year issue, December 2013
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District, an inky/ruby/purple-colored wine exhibiting notes of licorice, graphite and black currants, offers a classic display of fruit, body, texture and structure. None of the famed floral/blueberry characteristics that often come from Spring Mountain have yet emerged, but this wine is fresh and vibrant with plenty of energy and richness. Enjoy this successful 2010 over the next 15-20 years. 90+ Points"
--Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013
"91 Points. Ripe to the point of becoming candied, this is firm, rich and layered, with plum jam, cherry, anise and cedar notes. Fans out on the finish, where the flavors are expansive, deep and persistent. Drink now through 2024."
--James Laube, Wine Spectator, 11/15/13
Retail Price : $125.00