Yountville Wine

To the south of Oakville and comprised virtually entirely of valley floor land, Yountville is the southernmost end of the historic vineyards of Napa Valley. The climate here changes significantly due to the direct maritime influence from the San Pablo Bay as well as the effests of the swampy marsh soils that begin just south of the town of Yountville. While the soils to the north of town are similar to those of Oakville, though perhaps a bit more compact and finely grained, they are even more diverse and layered with more heavy clays representing centuries of the decay and wash of the upper valley and hillsides. This is a transitory area where the Cabernet dominant vineyards of the north yield to the Chardonnay and Pinot dominated vineyards of the southern edges of the valley. That is not to say that Cabernet is not grown here but both Merlot and Cabernet Franc may be both more important and distinctive. The style here is round and can be softer than to the north. The effect of the cooler climate being Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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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  • Grace Patriot Wines

    In 2000 the Grace Family took over ownership of the historic ranch property which had been in the...

  • Rocca Family Vineyards

    Vintners Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby are crafting some of the most elegant, complex and intensely...

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  • Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage 2013


    Awesome wine, but I can't recognize 5 years here. Surprisingly soft and silky (but not too smooth or watery) - has some structure: fresh plums, candied cranbaris, very light berberis maybe. Light oak and minerality come at the end. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Liparita 'V Block' Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Lots of blue in the color moves it away from red. Very little fruit on entrysome blueberry, some cassis. Maybe I would describe it as dried fruitplumwithout sweetness. More savoriness than I normally get in CS. Tannins are quite stiff. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I was at a wine event in Yountville yesterday where they were pouring a number of high end Napa Cabs. While there were a number of Bordeaux styled blends I figure you want expressions of Napa and not wines trying to be like wine from somewhere else. In the Cabernet Sauvignon camp there were not a lot of standouts in the widely available realm.20... Read More

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  • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Yountville Miller Ranch 2007

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    Wine review by adzeybrant

  • Shocking news unfolding in Napa Valley.  Sad day for Cali Cab Sauv lovers. ... ... Single vehicle crash in Yountville. Another young winemaker was in the passenger seat and survived. The whole wine community is in mournin Read More

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  • Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville V Block 2008


    Fair amount of oakiness and some fruit and, maybe, even some floralgeranium--on the nose. Nice light hint of cassis on introduction. Some earthy slate. Very moderate tannin. Some tart tang. Full-bodied, but not in the big Napa Valley style, more in the civilized Claret style. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thanks again for all the comments.  I've updated the itinerary for ... (Driving to Yountville):Brunch TBD1 PM: Venge winery4 PM: Bell Winery or Ma(i)sonry8 PM: Dinner at AdHoc or Bottega (waitlist at French Laundry) Monday: Hire a driver9 AM: Breakfast Bouchon10:30 AM: Tasting with Mike Smith at Envy1 PM: Tasting at Mending Wall WineryIf time b... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the recommendations. Yes, I have been "brainraping" ... on drive from Healdsburg to YountvilleMLK Day: 1) 10:30 appt with Mike Smith; 2) 12 or 12:30 appt with Mending Wall; 3) 3 PM appt with Chappellet; and maybe try to squeeze something else in there if it isn't too much.How does that sound?  Haven't figured out the Sonoma part... Read More

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  • Robin is now the head winemaker at Swanson, where I would like to go visit ... ... very under the radar Bell in Yountville on your list for Napa.  Anthony Bell was GM of Beaulieu back in the day, and his Cab Sauvignon is one of my favorites.  The source of the fruit is one or the other of two of Napa's most iconic vineyards, but he can't label... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are ... Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus on visiting smaller ... Read More

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  • Great location in middle of the napa region with amazing restaurants and accomodations

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