Liam and Justin Hirogoyen (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

Foodie Chap Visits Winemaker Justin Hirigoyen of Spring Mountain Winery

Liam Mayclem
November 16, 2018 - 12:01 am

ST. HELENA (KCBS RADIO) - Justin Hirigoyen, a French-American national raised in Marin County, joined the Spring Mountain Winery team in 2014. His father, a celebrated chef and restaurateur Gerald Hirigoyen, exposed him early and often to fine food and wine. Moments shared with friends around a great meal sparked his interest in wine. He graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in Political Science and French in 2009. After graduation he headed to France where he worked several consecutive harvests, first at Chateau D’Esclans and then at Chateau Les Trois Croix in Bordeaux. 

In 2014 Justin completed the Brevet de Technicien Superieur degree for Enology and Viticulture, having balanced for two years his technical studies with full time cellar and vineyard immersion at Domaine Faiveley in Burgundy. 

“Great wine is a combination of place, vintage and the people behind it. Enjoying great wine enables us to look back and remember what it was like at that particular moment in time.”

Justin is an avid trail runner and cyclist. He enjoys cooking, theater, movies and travel. He lives in Petaluma with his fiancée, Jessica.  

We met at Spring Mountain Winery recently for our Foodie Chap chat. In Justin, I discovered a passionate, thoughtful young winemaker of Old World traditions, doing what he loves and does best in “new” Napa Valley.

Enjoy our wine fueled conversation and treat yourself to some Spring Mountain Winery vino - you won’t be disappointed.

Cheers, Liam!

Justin Hirogoyen (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)
(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)


2016 Sauvignon Blanc: 

The 2016 is fresh and vibrant on the nose with a bouquet driven by citrus, boxwood and lychee. The bright citrus is complimented by hints of vanilla and tropical fruits with an undertone of white flowers. The entry on the palate is focused and lively and there is a good weight and balance that help carry the wine through the mid-palate to a persistent lifted finish. There is a fantastic energy and nerve to this wine which is a great example of the Sauvignon blanc grown on the Spring Mountain Vineyard hillside estate.  


2014 Cabernet Sauvignon: 

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon shows classical mountain Cabernet aromas of black currant, cherry and plum, accented by violets, bay leaf and olive. The wine opens as powerful and round on the entry and broad across the mid-palate. Spicy aromas of allspice and cedar compliment the structural frame and bright core of fruit. The harmony and balance carry though the finish and linger on the palate. The youthful tannin will benefit from decanting upon release and the wine will age well for over ten years. 


Spring Mountain Vineyard
2805 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-4188