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. (© All rights reserved, Wine-Searcher)
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
Napa Valley, an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, is the most famous and prestigious wine region anywhere in the New World. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley's vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic 'Napa Cab', the archet...more
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