Mystic Large Wine and Time Shifts

The siren song drifts all the way down to Elmhurst Avenue in St. Helena and draws you up to Spring Mountain Road where a mile seems like forever. Spring Mountain District is a viticulture designation where micro-climates grow large wines. It’s always been my first stop in Napa Valley. But large wine isn’t the only reason to come here. The mountain roads between Napa & Sonoma are the best adventure you can have on two wheels though a challenging form of relaxation on a Harley-Davidson. Today, the destination is Keenan Winery – one of my favorites. My hulking Harley is ill-suited for dark steep narrow winding roads so the ride was feverish.

In the end it was Robert Keenan Winery pulling me through the dark wood and bright palate of this spooky beauty. The Mordor-drenched journey takes you to unpretentious people who live and work on secluded terrain growing grapes and making wine. A plain unmarked door around back is the entry to the tasting room which overlooks the fermentation tanks and sits you into an elegant mood of soft wood, wine, and conversation about nothing. I’ve always loved this winery.

Ride the dark wood of the wine country on Spring Mountain and you’ll feel time slowing down. When you return to the valley floor it feels like you’ve been gone forever. There’s something about this place. Napa, Sonoma, and the mountain roads that connect them are like a multi-verse in our own back yard. It was perfect.

Spring mountain road up

Robert Keenan Winery

Spring mountain road down

Spring Mountain – Robert Keenan Winery – September 8, 2013