Perched atop the Vaca Mountains at 1,400 feet of elevation at the eastern end of the Oakville sub-appellation, Oakville Ranch is planted in one of the Napa Valley’s most rugged landscapes.
The vineyard has a commanding view over the Napa Valley, and its elevation allows for the unique combination of sun exposure for optimum color. A direct shot to the San Pablo Bay, just a few miles south, offers a cooling ocean breeze during the mornings and afternoons that balances the renowned structure of Oakville. Our organically farmed blocks consist of Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 169 and 7. Two of the most aromatically profound Cabernet clones, their roots are settled in iron rich, eroded sandstone indicative of the site’s volcanic history. These complementary factors in accordance with the elevation, result in small, concentrated berries that produce wines of lushness and minerality.
Released | Spring 2021
Winemaker's Notes | In the glass, aromas of violets, wild sage, and fig transport you to a terroir of gravitas—Oakville Ranch Vineyard. On the palate, an unblemished texture is framed by a mineral-driven structure. A fine acidity and notes of hibiscus tea showcase depth and spark imagination on the finish.
To Be Released | Spring 2022
Notes from the Growing Season | A dry, warm Winter preceded a cool Spring with heavier than average rainfall. Mild Spring conditions led to a late bud break, indicating the potential for a long growing season. Cooler than average, and stable conditions pushed into Summer with flowering beginning in late May and early June throughout the valley.
Protected by a consistently mild Summer, vines were not overstressed, allowing for fruit to mature delicately for optimum color and tannin development. On schedule for the season, veraison began in late July and early August.
Harvest began several days prior to the 2018 vintage with our Platt Vineyard Chardonnay mid-September. Our Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began in late September, and finally concluded in late October.
The typically hot, windy Fall season held to more temperate weather, accenting the long growing season, protecting fruit dehydration and sunburn. The excellent potential seen during the 2019 growing season was translated in the quality of wine of put to barrel. We look forward to sharing this vintage with the release of our 2019 single vineyard wines in Spring 2022.