The Napa Valley, with 15 additional “nested” AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) over 45,000 planted acres, is one of the premier wine producing regions in America. One of its most famous AVAs is Yountville, located in the center of the Valley. Yountville was the place where Napa Valley’s first vineyards were planted (1836) and is now the home to gastronomic destinations like The French Laundry and Bottega Ristorante.
Although the elevation of the Yountville AVA spans from sea level to 1,100 feet above sea level, it experiences very balanced temperatures: it is modestly warmer than the Carneros and Oak Knoll AVAs to its south, but cooler than the Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena AVAs its north.
Cabernet dominates the AVA’s production at nearly 70% of total and this balanced temperature profile (cool mornings and warm afternoons) gives Yountville’s cabernet sauvignon a very distinctive profile. Yountville cabernets are more subtle, gentle, and reserved than those from the warmer AVAs but they also have a softer fruit than the more intense, earthier versions from the cooler AVAs. Tannins are hard and acidity levels are good. Yountville is an appellation with wines in harmony!
Interested in sampling Yountville’s wines? Look for these producers.