That path itself was slightly tangled, first because “Pine Mountain” was too generic; there are 21 in California alone. A longer proposed name appended “Mayacmas” (a name for the mountains used by the U.S. Geological Survey) but drew a flurry of indignation from Napa wineries and trade groups worried about the similarity to their own branding of “Mayacamas.” Adding “Cloverdale Peak” allayed those worries, although the result isn’t exactly a compact mouthful for the thirsty.
To be fair, “Mayacmas” would have had some resonance. Pine Mountain is simply the northern extension of the same range that’s home to Mount Veeder and Monte Rosso. Its predominantly volcanic soils, with no shortage of ferrous content, would be familiar to those who have walked along other Mayacamas slopes.