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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Gargiulo Vineyards

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

  • Dalla Terra

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

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

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

  • PlumpJack Winery

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

  • Duck Shack Wines

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

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

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

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Oakville on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2008

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    Paired with a medium rare grilled steak I found this a nice compliment. Rich, full bodied, with a long finish to it. My regards to the vintner who did a masterful job with this wine which I highly recommend to accompany your meal or as a stand alone on a cool summer night along with some smooth jazz in the background. Salute! Read More

    Wine review by michiganoenophile


  • Getting caught up, here.OT, I have to admit that I chuckled when I read your ... by taking that route from Oakville to, say, Sonoma?I received an e-mail from Quivet, today.  I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  I'm guessing that I might get in the second round of the the June offering.  The remodel should be just about complete by then. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Yep, Trinity Rd (the Sonoma side of Oakville Grade). My friend in the tow truck says, "So how much time did that short cut save you today?" I hate it when he's right. Maybe I should just take the long way through Napa and Carneros to get to Sonoma. Sameness is boring though and I enjoy breaking up the travel monotony sometimes.Yep David and Al, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • "Went to lunch today at Solbar in Calistoga with a couple friends from ... on a mountain road between Oakville and Glen Ellen with a flat tire. Ugh" First paragraph I started to say 'stop rubbing it in'. Rivers Marie for weekday lunch?!! First sentence of second paragraph I started typing something nastier. Second sentence of second paragraph ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • OT - I remember some of those mountain roads in Somona County - like going to ... stuck on Dry Creek Road or Oakville Grade.  I would have enjoyed the driving more on my Harley than in the Lincoln MKZ we rente Read More

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  • Went to lunch today at Solbar in Calistoga with a couple friends from another ... on a mountain road between Oakville and Glen Ellen with a flat tire. U Read More

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  •   Not pictured because my phone died:2010 Ridge Lytton Springs2001 ... ... Bedrock Gamble Vyd "Oakville Farmhouse" Heritage Wine - Field blend of Mondeuse, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel and a host of others from a small vineyard they saved from destruction between Harlan Estate and To Kalon. This was a shiner and ended up my #2 red WOTN. ... Read More

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  • Oakville Cross Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2006

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    Just okay ... Not a big bold multi layered napa cab ... My opinion worth $20-30. Read More

    Wine review by flyinggrapes


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