Auction 14 | Lot No. 54
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Vertical Gobelet Vines
Spring Mountain District
5 cases produced
Vertical Gobelet is an ancient form of vine training commonly used in France's Côte Rôtie. It is uncommon in the US, with the exception of 90 hillside acres at Spring Mountain Vineyard. Vertical Gobelet vines have an eye-catching shape. As you might guess, with canes tied up to individual stakes, they resemble wine goblets! In 1995, on the advice of French viticulturist Pierre Galet, SMV pioneered the unusual method, finding it well suited to its shallow, rocky soils where vines yield just over one ton of fruit per acre. For this reason, Gobelet vines are planted densely—meter by meter—each ripening just a few clusters of fruit.
In a perfect case of "less is more," this PNV lot of Cabernet Sauvignon has intense varietal character, deep color and concentrated flavor.
This 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in new French oak for 22 months, then bottled in August of 2010.
- pH: 3.58
- Wine is unfiltered
- Sustainably produced
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
||very full bodied
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: Since Spring Mountain Vineyard is the only US winery to commit 90 acres of vineyard to vertical gobelet, it was a logical choice for PNV - an ancient method dating to Roman times that gives us even ripening and wines of balance.
Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?
A: To show off a unique attribute of the vineyard and the varietal that is most widely planted on the estate.
Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.
A: I chose to make this wine from this particular Cabernet Sauvignon because Cabernet is the king of Spring Mountain. The eastern exposures, altitude and 'terroir' found here translates to Cabernet with pure varietal expression, deep color, supple tannins and bright acidity that ensures age ability.
Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?
A: It's a Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet, 100% varietal (which is never bottled solo - we only produce Bordeaux blends - and vertical gobelet is unique.
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