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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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


  • Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013

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    This terrific Sauvignon Blanc is bright, yet slightly juicy to the nose, where Key lime pie, green plum, kumquat, nectarine, vanilla cream and mineral scents create a forthcoming and sophisticated harmony. There is chiseled focus and fine generosity on the palate, where an impression of liquid-minerality brings density to the otherwise creamy te... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Whoa, haven't been on this thread since I mistyped Jemrose. Wife's been away with the kids, so I'm checking out some of the dodgy wines in the house.  Mostly bad luck.  Opened a half-split of Tannat I bought on a whim and it was either poorly made or cooked.  No signs of cork push, so I'm assuming the former.  I thought at first, oh, kind of por... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Croze Chardonnay Simone Vineyard 2012

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    This is a big Napa chardonnay with not too subtle but not over the top oak and hints of butterscotch, ripe pear and honey. Medium acidity goes with a medium long finish that leaves a touch of vanilla on the back of the tongue. For the price I'd put this up against some $50 chards any day. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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