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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

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Pinot Noir

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