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It was a decade in the works, but at long last on April 26, 2004, the “Oak Knoll District” was finally recognized as a distinct sub-appellation of Napa Valley. This 8,300 acre viticultural area (with 3,500 acres under vine) is located toward the southern end of the Napa Valley at a relatively low elevation on the valley floor, making it accessible to the climate-moderating effects of San Pablo Bay. Cooling breezes and coastal fog slow ripening, extending a growing season which can last up to eight months. Oak Knoll’s cooler climate is what distinguishes it from other Napa appellations. The Carneros appellation, located to Oak Knoll’s immediate south, is generally the only place in Napa that can claim a cooler climate. Enthusiastic advocates of the new AVA argue that Oak Knoll strikes the perfect climatic balance, not too warm and not too cool; what petition leader Trefethen Vineyards has coined the “sweet spot”.

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2013

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Trefethen Dragons Tooth Red 2011

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    A blend of 58% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. 21 months in 77% French, 16% American and 7% Hungarian oak.Complex aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and spice. Full-bodied and concentrated with firm tannins on the palate. Rich black cherry & currant notes on the palate intermingled with layers of dark chocolate, cinnamon an... Read More

    Wine review by Taste with Stace


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... Chardonnay from Napa's Oak Knoll District. One of Napa's best! John Gomez, John Anthony Vineyards and JaM Cellars High end Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc under the John Anthony label and amazing everyday Californian wines under the JaM Cellars label.Michelle Hu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2012

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006

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    Wine review by Brian butler


  • DM, I agree with you, completely on the microclimate comment.  I have ... ... to concede that Carneros and Oak Knoll have microclimates that are Chardonnay-friendly.  I suppose if this really bothered me, I could just shoot an e-mail to Heitz and Lewis and ask. Clearly, my non-chalance about the replanting of the Long vineyard is not consisten... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Mark, Carneros and Oak Knoll get most of the Napa mention for cooler weather (Pinot, Chard, Merlot), but I don't see any reason why Pritchard Hill would be any less, it probably carries an elevation along with it. For that matter, any mountain site in Napa with elevation such as Howell or Mt. Veeder would be interesting, but the opportunity cost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Thank you for the link, John.  Very interesting.Her comments about losing ... Chardonnay is grown in the Oak Knoll district.  It seems to me, though, that territory that is primo for Cabernet Sauvignon may not be so primo for Chardonnay.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Trefethen Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by sanadler


  • Trefethen Merlot 2011

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    Wine review by sanadler


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