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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Oakville View all

  • D F Wines Inc. (dba Downing Family Vineyards)

    Established in 1998, Downing Family Vineyards produces small case lots of ultra-premium Zinfandel...

  • Kelham Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Dalla Terra

    Dalla Terra™ (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection...

  • Rudd Estate

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

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • Hoopes Vineyard


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  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of ... ... ... The vineyard sits on the Oakville Bench just below Pritchard Hill. Nice neighborhood for Cab.  Such a baby, it needs 5-7 years of sideways time and then can be enjoyed over the next 15-20. The '12 bottling got a 98-100 from WA. Antonio Galloni was in tasting them on ... Read More

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  • Ctrl/DescriptonYearPricetotalOpus One1997300300Opus one1999300300Opus ... Cab ... Cab Sau2011100300Turnbull Oakville Cab Sau20086060Turnbull Oakville Cab Sau20095050Turnbull Oakville Cab Sau201150150Turnbull Cabenet Franc2009100100Turnbull Cabenet Franc2010100200Turnbull Cabernet Franc2011100100Turnbull Petit Verdot20075050Turnbull Cabernet200... Read More

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  • Comparing Randy Dunn 's Howell Mountain fruit to To Kalon's Oakville valley fruit is a bit of a stretch. Then there's the Dunn winemaking stye...I've had plenty of To Kalon wines on the young side and I can say one thing, they are never lacking. Sure they were young but they showed the parts that will make them shine brighter in years to come. F... Read More

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  • Tamber Bey Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2012


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  • O'Shaughnessy Winery Oakville Chardonnay 2013


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Saddleback Cellars Merlot Oakville 2005


    The color in the glass is a nice garnet with very nice clarity despite its maturity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe berries, red plum and macerated cherries, overlaid with a bit of leather and moss, reminiscent of some wonderful French Bordeaux. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit up front, raspberries, blackberries and plum that trans... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Oakville East Exposure 2011


    The wine is a lovely, dark, brooding indigo in the glass with bright ruby ... ... edges. The nose is classic Oakville Cabernet, with notes of oak, leather and violet over just a hint of blackberry. The taste is just awesome, with a blast of ripe fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and raspberry that wash over you. The ripe fruit transitions ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2006


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    Wine review by woolfepac

  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005


    STUNNING! Read More

    Wine review by MP5507

  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005


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    Wine review by mark

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