Spring Mountain Vineyard and A16 Restaurant

This show’s podcast includes stops at a favorite winery and restaurant; Spring Mountain Vineyard and A16.

As you’ll hear, Spring Mountain Vineyard in Napa Valley features three distinct vineyards and a history that makes it a special place. What I love about the experience there are the library wines they offer. In three visits I’ve tasted vintages from 1988, 2001, ’04, ’08, ’10, and ’15. The cabernet sauvignons and Elivette (reserve) blends are made in the Bordeaux style, meaning not a big, ripe, chewy Cab, but an elegantly complex wine that invites you to enjoy taste after taste. They also bottle a sauvignon blanc. Winemaker Justin Hirigoyen is my guest.

**Update: Wine Spectator just released scores for 2015 Bordeaux Blends in Napa Valley. Spring Mountain Vineyard topped the list with a score of 96. (BTW-15 of the top 30 are priced higher than Spring Mountain Vineyard). Don’t hesitate, pay them a visit!

San Francisco’s A16 Restaurant offers authentic Italian Pizza Napolitana, fresh pasta, and house cured meats inspired by the Campania region. Wine Director Shelley Lindgren selects wines that highlight grapes of the Compania and nearby regions. We enjoy dining there. It’s classy and casual at the same time.