Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993 and is a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley AVA. Sitting on 5,700 acres centered on the town of Oakville, it is probably Napa Valley's most famous appellation. The soil in Oakville is well-drained gravel soil deposits from the nearby Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. The region goes from sea level in the valley to 600 feet in elevation at the base of the Vaca Mountains. Oakville has a warmer climate than much of the Napa Valley, with mild amounts of wind and fog from San Pablo Bay. The conditions in the region are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, and many of America's greatest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon have vineyards in the AVA. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot are also grown here.
Oakville is one of the warmest regions in the Napa Valley and ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. 2010 was an excellent vintage because of the ideal weather conditions: light spring rains followed by warm summer days and no abrupt climate changes throughout the season. As a result, the grapes achieved a perfect even ripening and were aromatic and very well balanced, which allowed us to be highly selective at harvest.
Our 2010 Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is imbued with an alluring perfume of black currant, and Bing cherry with hints of mocha followed by the luscious flavors of blackberries and spice that are accentuated by sweet vanilla and violets. The palate is silky smooth with abundant blackberry and sweet plum flavors followed by mouth-watering tannins for a long and lingering finish.
Our 2010 vintage has been aged in a combination of new and aged French Oak barrels for two years and then bottled and stored in a temperature-controlled wine cellar for another two years. As a family, we are committed to creating a balanced Cabernet meant to compliment food and warm the soul without ever overwhelming the senses.