Oakville ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
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When H. W. Crabb planted a vineyard in this central Napa Valley AVA in 1868, he named his chosen site ‘To Kalon’, Greek for ‘most beautiful’. Today, this vineyard is surrounded by 5,000 acres of vines, in an appellation that only totals 5,700 acres. The region is virtually a flat field, squeezed between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Range on the east. The gravelly, well-drained soils are perfect for the world-class wines that are made here, mostly from Bordeaux varieties. They are characteristically rich and dense, with firm tannins and often with notes of mint and herbs. The cooling wind and fog that rolls in during the afternoon greatly influences the fine balance achieved in these quality wines. Crabb named his vineyard justly, for the wines of Oakville certainly are most beautiful!

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Textbook Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en place" Textbook Vineyards crafts very small lots (290 cs) of delicious and Top-Rated Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley's much-heralded Oakville District.
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Merryvale Vineyards 2004 Oakville Grade This Cabernet has flavors of ripe black fruit including black cherry and blackberry, crème de cassis, sweet vanilla, and mint; focused entry; round, concentrated, and rich with good concentration and depth; finishes with ample, but well developed tannins.
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