2018 Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


Jeb Dunnuck

“Wonderfully textured, elegant mouthfeel

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

The Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is always a wine of freshness driven by tannins, and the 2018 is no different. Capturing the essence of mountain- grown fruit, the wine is powerful yet graceful, with perfumed aromas of ripe plum, bright bing cherry and vanilla. The savory, dense palate features flavors of tart blackberry, black olive and graphite. Strong, chalky mountain tannins that are already beginning to soften in addition to the round finish show the age-ability of this wine.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation & Aging
100% Stainless Steel fermentation; Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

Vineyard Details



Jeb Dunnuck

Another total winner in this lineup is the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District. Its deep purple color is followed by a classic Spring Mountain bouquet of darker currant and berry fruits intermixed with lots of foresty conifer tree, tobacco, bay leaf, and mountain scrub brush-like nuances. More classic tobacco and espresso notes emerge with time in the glass, and this full-bodied beauty has a wonderfully textured, elegant mouthfeel, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. This gorgeous Spring Mountain Cabernet is going to drink well for 20-25 years.


Vinous Media

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District is without question the most elegant, refined wine in the Amici range, that much is evident. Silky, aromatic and gracious, yet with plenty of richness, the Spring Mountain is a wine of pure and total allure. Dark red fruit, mocha and soft floral notes all grace this silky, impeccable Cabernet from Amici.


Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District (made from 100% of this variety), delivers soft-spoken scents of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and cassis with hints of wild sage, violets and Marmite toast. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, rugged texture and plenty of freshness to support the muscular black fruit, delivering a long, earthy finish.


James Suckling

Lots of pine needle, bark and conifer, as well as blackberry and blueberry. It’s full-bodied with a balance of creamy tannins that are polished and together. Lightly angular at the end. A little tight now. Give it two or three years to open. Try after 2023.


International Wine Report

The 2018 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable release from Amici Cellars. This immediately impresses with its gorgeous aromatic profile of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and black cherries, which are accented by spices, herbs, graphite and shades of dark floral nuances all coming together beautifully in the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, concentrated and well-structured with a wonderful plush, layered texture that makes it extremely appealing. It goes on to display wonderful concentration and depth, with layers of beautifully ripe dark fruits that are laced with violets and crushed gravel characteristics that weave their way through the long, polished finish. The 2018 Spring Mountain is a fantastic wine to approach upon release, but is also worthy of long term cellaring.