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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Showket Vineyards

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

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

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

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decade...

  • 5 Points Cellars

    5 Points Cellars, founded in 2005, hand crafts small lots of wines from several of the finest vin...

  • Teaderman Vineyards

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

  • Kelham Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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  • Robin recently took the winemaking position at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville and I stopped by yesterday to pay him a visit. It was the first time I had been to Swanson which was started by the frozen foods Swanson's back in 1985. Situated on their Estate of 100 acres of Cabernet and Merlot just off Hwy 29 it's easy to find. I drove past the tast... Read More

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  • R7 and I have the same outlook.  I have, once in a while, opened a bottle ... ... Cuvee and some SB from Oakville Grocery that I buy through Last Bottle?  I might let it sit a week.  But those are wines for which I have moderate expectations anyway.&nbs Read More

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  • "For example, I would never mix white and red wines as that can't ... ... Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa."Seeing that this was a Beginner/Introduction to blind tasting I'm nit maki... Read More

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  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa.One of the reasons I don't think many people who talk about Burgundy are ... Read More

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  • I'll take you up on Both offers...--Never tried Hobbs,, and MONDAVI ... Bless.) must be right about Oakville and To-Kalon Vineyard.Great Job BOTH collectors. Envious.&nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for the responses, everyone.  This has really helped me.  I ... that the Mondavi winery in Oakville was the first one built with the intention of hosting, educating and entertaining visitors?  I don't know when Tasting Rooms first started popping up.AOK, I think we're on the same page, no Read More

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  • Girard Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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