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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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  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic I stopped at Swanson...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic The Gift


  • JD,Let us know how it was.  I have a Trefethen Reserve cab (2007 also) Oak Knoll.  I've been holding it for some time.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Gifts


  • Looking at more info from the site, starting to feel a little better about ... ... Verdot4% MalbecAPPELLATIONOak Knoll District of Napa ValleyESTATE VINEYARD100% HillspringHARVESTSeptember 8 - October 8OAK28 months in 100% new FrenchALCOHOL14.8%BOTTLEDMarch 20 Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Gifts


  • Just received a gift from a business partner...he's a high roller in the ... line juice? That's fine. Oak Knoll is a nice plus, but 2007 a significant minus. Guess I'll drink it and see. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Gift


  • Trefethen Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2012

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    Nicely balanced Napa chardonnay. Nothing over the top but good creamy lemon, ripe gala apple, a very slight touch of butterscotch, a hint of oak, decent acidity and a medium finish. Along with the acidity there's also a bit of creaminess on the palate. Very similar to the 2011. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2011

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    Not bad but not great Napa chardonnay. Expected a lot more but this was fairly simple and not very complex. Nice stone fruit, some ripe pear and melon, medium to low acidity and a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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