2012 Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


James Suckling

“Full-bodied yet agile and fresh”

Vineyard 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.

Winemaking Notes

Release Notes:

This 2012 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 approxi- mately 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.

Aromas of dark red fruits and violets swirl around a core of black currant and bittersweet chocolate flavors with a hint of mild licorice. Full-bodied with an accent of well-integrated oak, this is a pure, elegant wine with a long, textured finish.

Fall 2022 Notes:

“This wine is in a great place right now. Ultra-elegant with fresh aromatics harmonizing perfectly with flavors of cherry cordial, currant and peppercorn.” – John Harris, Owner

Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountian District, Napa Valley
92% Cabernet, 8% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation & Aging
Barrel aged 20 months in 60% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

Vineyard Details



James Suckling

“A firm and chewy red with stone, pomace, hazelnut and light plum character. Full-bodied yet agile and fresh. Give it a year or two to soften, but I like the muscular and lightly austere profile.”

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

“Sanguine in cranberry and strawberry, this robust wine holds back on the tannin and oak, weaving their stronger tendencies into waves of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, it’s both classic and flush with ripe California fruit.”


Wine Advocate

“This wine offers up copious aromas of black raspberries, blackcurrants and spring flowers along with that fresh mountain vigor that comes from high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to full-bodied with impressive purity, well-integrated oak, and a long, textured, elegant finish. it contradicts consumers who say Napa can’t make finesse wines as this is quintessentially elegant. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years.”