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The Effect of Climate on Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Production

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Oakville a bit less than Rutherford, but the grape is the undisputed king in both AVAs. Opus One takes advantage of the region’s warm climate and produces one of the most famous Cab blends in all of California. This winery was originally a partnership between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe Rothschild.

Evenings and mornings can be mildly affected by fog and wind from the San Pablo Bay. However, much of the Bay’s influence is blocked by a series of hills called the Yountville Mounts. Oakville is a warm wine producing region, but areas north are even warmer.

In comparison to Rutherford, grapes used to make Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in slightly cooler temperatures. These Cabs have more fruit forward, softer flavors than their earthier Rutherford counterparts.

On average, they are also a little less tannic and more approachable in their youth, but they are not as age worthy. That said great Oakville Cabs will still age for many years, growing more complex and balanced. Preference is really a matter of personal opinion.

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