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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Rudd Estate

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

  • Turnbull

    At Turnbull Wine Cellars we craft our award-winning wine using fruit sourced from our five stella...

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • MX Wines

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

  • Duck Shack Wines

    From coast to coast mudflats to marshlands…flyways to byways. The duck shack is an American tr...

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

    A lifetime farmer, Jeff Gargiulo founded Gargiulo Vineyards in 1992 with a dream of making "true"...

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Oakville on Snooth

  • Pine Ridge Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Big nose showing off oak with coffee-like hints, but, also something sweet smellingmaybe, mint. Lots of very ripe currant fruit on the tip of the tongue. The wine, however, also has a smooth texture, though, which is, actually, quite pleasant. Some serious tannin mid- to back-palate does a good job of mitigating the initial fruitiness. Not t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivet Cellars Tench Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Very fruity noselots of tropical fruits and some lemon. Initial taste verifies thatsomething like pineapple and kiwi fruit, but there is a lemony acid kick towards the back of the palate. Also, towards the back of the palate, there is a definite effervescent sensation. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have 4 bottles upright for tonight with vinOvinO and guests at Walter Hansel ... Ranch2012 Elementary Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon that I decanted this morning @ 5:30amWe'll see what they are thirsty for. Will probably order a Walter Hansel PN off the wine list to do away with one of the corkage fees.Stopped at PAX this afternoon and ... Read More

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  • Just when we thought this much fun couldn’t possibly continue we had day ... ... 2012 Elementary Cellars Oakville Cabernet SauvignonFunny thing was that we also brought a bottle of Arnot Roberts chardonnay, great minds think alike. Because we didn’t have enough bottles on the table we also purchased a bottle of the Hansel Cahill Lane pinot.  ... Read More

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  • In the Bedrock delivery that arrived a few weeks ago, the Oakville Farmhouse bottling had one of those stupid wax capsules.  That is the first Bedrock I've ever received that had any kind of capsule. Read More

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  • It's about time JD! Good stuff.Vino, the forecast was for rain Saturday and ... ... A pre-release Old School Oakville Cab from a new label. Among others. Read More

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  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2006

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    Incredible!! keep it up. Read More

    Wine review by MP5507


  • Robert Mondavi Opus One Napa Valley California 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jared2


  • Saddleback Cellars "rancher's Red" 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Robert, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We look forward to learning about ... ... I keyed "Turnbull Oakville Sauvignon Blanc" into the search box and Snooth responded with a list of suggested wines.  Here is a screen shot of a portion of the response:I've added the black arrow pointing to the entry that best matches the wine I'm looking for.  C... Read More

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