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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • JD, the reserve is from the Moulds vineyard in Oak Knoll. The regular Becklyn Napa Valley has lots of Kenefick Ranch fruit in it and sports a darker fruit profile. The Moulds was more juicy on pnp and by day three was taking on some secondary aromas of licorice and cedar. Is more approachable at this dapte. The Napa has shut down so if you open ... Read More

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  • EM, if it was good then you opened it at the right time.The CFO has a couple of ... "Grand Reserve" Oak Knoll Merlot that we opened with dinner.  We don't drink a lot of straight Merlot so I decided to see how the TJ wine with lots of fancy words on the bottle compared to this bottle I purchased during our 11/14 visit.TJ's lost. The Longboard h... Read More

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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by brygos


  • Beringer Chardonnay Luminus Napa Valley Oak Knoll District 2013

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    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

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    My Favorite Sauvignon Blanc! Read More

    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

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    Wine review by waterbased


  • Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998

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    Clear, garnet color with the slightest suggestion of bricking around the edges. Definite black fruit aroma on the nose accompanied by vanilla/oaky bouquet. Currant fruit on the tip of the tongue, but no real secondary flavors. Very much resolved tanning and acid. As I had subsequent tastes with my meal (lamb chops with a Late Harvest Zinfand... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fox, very nice!Tonight we opened a fascinating orange wine made from Ribolla ... base of Mount Veeder in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Another interesting thing is that this wine was fermented on the skins with a maceration of 6 months.&nbs Read More

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  • Robin recently took the winemaking position at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville ... from various vineyards from Oak Knoll district, to Yountville, Oakville and as far north as Calistoga. The Pinot came from Annapolis in the True Sonoma Coast.  After the tasting he took me on a tour of the crush pad, barrel rooms, tasting salon and courtyard. Neat... Read More

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  • I wouldn't be that upset about it Jon. I picked up a bunch of that on ... ... idea how that is, it was the Oak Knoll Cab and quite nic Read More

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