The Oakville Winegrowers Association says of the Oakville Appellation (which was granted AVA –American Viticultural Area – status in 1993, three years after Vine Cliff’͛s first Cabernet Sauvignon release) “Napa Valley’s diverse, well-drained soils, sun-drenched summers and cool, dry falls make much of Napa Valley a superior place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. All wine grapes are finicky in their own quirky ways, and minute differences can be the reason between good wines and great ones.
When it comes to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville isn’t too hot; it isn’t too cold. It’s just right. That’s why Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville so perfectly expresses the essential qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon in deep, complex wines with the structural integrity of acid and tannin that preserves the best wines for decades.”
The Oakville Appellation is home to some of the great California Cabernet Sauvignon producers besides Vine Cliff such as Joseph Phelps, Groth, Far Niente, Plumpjack, Rudd, Miner as well as Peter Michael, Silver Oak, Screaming Eagle, Harlan and Dalla Valle.