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Cabernet Sauvignon (often shortened to 'Cab Sav' or even just 'Cab') is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. The product of a natural crossing of key Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon's DNA was profiled only as recently as 1997, by researchers in California. Most wine authorities agree that the crossing happened only in the past few centuries, making the variety's current fame all the more impressive. From its origins around the Medoc, the Cabern ... more
The Spring Mountain District AVA is located at a low point in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of the Napa Valley in California. The Spring Mountain after which it was named forms part of the Mayacamas Mountains which divide Napa from Sonoma Valley. It was awarded AVA status in 1993.
The mesoclimate here is similar to that in the neighboring Diamond Mountain District immediately to the north, and benefits from the cooling effects of elevation. Spring Mountain is significantly higher (approximately 820ft/250m so) above sea level than Diamond Mountain. This lifts th ... more
California’s Napa Valley wine region is located immediately north of San Pablo Bay, in the north-eastern corner of the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed by the Napa river as it flows between the Vacas Mountains (to the east) and the Mayacamas (to the west), the valley runs roughly north-west to south-east for approximately 35 miles (57km). The scenic 40-minute drive between Napa and Calistoga passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.... more