Sweet Spot

Napa Valley’s “Sweet Spot”

 

fog-in-valleyThe District lies at the southern end of the renowned Napa Valley where the growing season is longer—cooler in summer than the warmer Upper Valley and drier in winter allowing soils to warm earlier in the spring. The marine influence from San Pablo Bay is strong here with foggy mornings and cool summer nights. Summer daytime temperatures can average 10°F cooler than St. Helena. This creates the longest growing season in the valley, one that can last up to eight months providing early bud break and a long, leisurely growing season for optimal, balanced ripeness. The cooler nights and slowly rising daytime temperatures of the growing season create a naturally long hang time for fruit to achieve bright acidity, great texture, fruit-forward aromas and elegant flavors.

This even warming and cooling creates the quintessential “Sweet Spot” where it’s warm enough to perfectly ripen red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel while being cool enough for grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

There are at least 18 classic wine grape varieties cultivated in OKD, most predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc—but look for Zinfandel and Riesling to do well here too.

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