Oakville Wine

Well if any AVA vies with Rutherford for the crown of King of Cabernet it would have to Oakville. Here we find the cradle of the Modern California wine industry. In 1868 a gentleman by the name of H. W. Crabb planted a vineyard, which he named To Kalon, Greek for “most Beautiful”. Saying Crabb was prescient is the under-statement of the year! The To-Kalon vineyard has been responsible for some of the most profound wines ever to emerge from Napa Valley. Long the heart of the famed Mondavi Cabernet Reserve, the vineyard’s fruit is prized to this day. Slightly cooler than Rutherford, yet warmer than Yountville, Oakville has nearly ideal conditions for viticulture. The soil here is much like that of Rutherford’s with slight differences from east to west though the alluvial deposits tend to be a bit finer here. There are gravely ridges throughout the AVA offering excellent drainage for the Valley floor. The terrain here is more varied than that of Rutherford, with vineyards creeping up the bench lands Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Oakville View all

  • Kelham Vineyards & Winery

    Kelham Vineyards wines reflect the unique character of the soils and localized climate which has ...

  • Oakville East Wine Co

    It is with great excitement that we announce the second release of Oakville East – Exposure Cabe...

  • PlumpJack Winery

    All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company...

  • 75 Wine Co.

    The Seventy-Five Wine Company is dedicated to pioneering change by producing premium wines of gre...

  • Detert Family Vineyards

    Detert Family Vineyards is owned and operated by Tom Garrett, John Garrett and Bill Cover. The fo...

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

    One Christmas our neighbor, Al Denatale, came down to a little party that we were having. That w...

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Oakville on Snooth

  • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Bedrock pick up day. Case of Old Vines plus 2ea Bedrock Hertiage, Esola Vyd ... ... Monte Rosso, Carlisle, Oakville Farmhouse Heritage and a few others on tap for the Winter release. Morgan said this harvest is his last at Monte Rosso. Gallo is spreading the fruit around with a lot going to Orin Swift which they just purchased. Under the Wire... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard 2013

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    deep purplish hue. sweet nose with cherries and plums. very sweet on palate with strong notes of prunes - slightly cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • "Tous les Jours" - crazy as they are Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • As I mentioned Andrew Murray, I hope you didn't think the Tennis Player; rather the So. Cal Rhone Ranger trying his best to complicate your palate with multiple long and confusing flavors. Read More

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  • Because of our internet: www.sinequanon.com 'admits'  Rhone Style as do Austin Hope, Andrew Murray, Treana to name a few. I like the California Rhone Rangers. Read More

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  • Because we all know that the internet, Google and Wiki are always right (see: snopes.com). Rhone varieties yes, but not Rhone style. Read More

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  • II agree with both the Clarendon and the Penfold''s.  They are both a QPR buy given then their particulatare circumstance. Read More

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  • GregT no disrespect but even SQN.com and WIKI.com and Google.com  claim them first as a Rhone Style Wine. 1st  (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)Easy: search Google "Rhone Style Sine Qua Non"When it comes to SQN or S Cal.  or Rhone or Australia I tip my HAT to Glaetzer and Penfolds, and Clarendon ..   Barossa and McClaren Vale and Heathcote.  recently... Read More

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  • Well, which Rhone? South Rhone yes. It's rich, plush, fruity. And the whites somehow retain acidity at uber-ripe levels fermenting to over 16%. I don't know how he does that.But the Syrah isn't like Hermitage. It's thicker and sweeter and lacks the pepper, bacon, and acidity. Doesn't mean it's bad - CA has many styles of Syrah and they're all go... Read More

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