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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

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

  • Teaderman Vineyards

    The "TV" family vineyard, located in the Oakville Appellation, enjoys a soil that is unique and ...

  • Hoopes Vineyard

    OUR LABEL IS SIMPLE & LIGHT HEARTED, BUT OUR CABERNET SAUVIGNON IS SERIOUS, COMPLEX, AND EARTHY. ...

  • MX Wines

    MX Wines is based in Napa Valley, California, and hand-crafts miniscule quantities of Cabernet Sa...

  • Rudd Estate

    In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in ...

  • Showket Vineyards

    After searching for three years, in October, 1988, Kal and Dorothy Showket bought a beautiful pro...

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Oakville on Snooth

  • To go with the post in Drinking Tonight... post - we had these on my birthday ... ... left.The '06 Mondavi Oakville was a big wine, a really big wine - lots of life left.  Large fruit, mostly dark berry, tannins, Oakville dirt, tomato leaf and spice note,tannins provide a firm framing leading to a large finish. It is slightly misleading at fir... Read More

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  • Boy, I leave guys unattended for a little while and you get all testy with each ... ... 2016 Bedrock Wine Co Oakville Farmhouse2x 2016 Bedrock Wine Co Pato Heritage Wine2x 2016 Bedrock Wine Co Schmiedt Road Zinfandel3x 2016 Bedrock Wine Co North Coast Syrah3x 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Chalone  MSG6x 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Blanc&nbs Read More

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  • Paradigm Merlot 2011

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    Heidi Barrett Peterson created a great Merlot from Oakville here.The 2011 is still quite young; but during the course of the dinner opened up after an hour with a Captains' Decanter and seasoned glassware. The wine was Bright, Clear and NO Sediment. Long and Complex.. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Late to the party here, but Kistler changed its style a few years back, not so ... ... bottling, more for the Oakville.  (Actually, I think I got the regular Napa Valley for $40 or so.) Pinots?  Try Cobb, Hirsch, Patz and Hall, for a few.&nbs Read More

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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2007

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    Nice light hit of fruit on entrytypical cab cassis and, also, some red fruit and Im thinking plum. Noticeable tannin, although, for the most part Im saying that the years of sideways have tamed tannin quite a bit. A bit of dustiness mid-palate. Something of a sour or bitter tinge on the rear palate. Nothing to be concerned about, though. Ta... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Now we're talking. Very structured. May wait till gametime tomorrow to ... ... from Las Piedras, Dr Crane, Oakville Ranch and Weitz. All three would be standout SVD wines, what prompted them to blend it is unknown to me. Vino, how was the Huet. I have some '13 Le Haut Lieu left. They have been awfully demi-sec for sec Vouvr Read More

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  • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    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

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  • 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

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