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.
About Yountville AVA (Napa, California)
Located in the center of the Napa Valley, the Yountville AVA (sea level to 1100 ft above sea level) 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.
This balanced temperature profile gives Yountville’s cabernet sauvignon — cabernet dominates the AVA’s production at nearly 70% of total — a very distinctive profile. Yountville cabernets are more subtle, gentle and reserved than those from the warmer AVAs; however, they have a greater polish than the harder, earthier versions from the cooler AVAs. Tannins are hard and acidity levels are good. Yountville: an appellation with wines in harmony!
The Yountville AVA also produces quality merlot.
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