October 18, 2012, UNCORKED: Tips & Tales From Professional Drinkers, Melissa Smith, ‘Napa Bootcamp 2012: A Visit to Oakville Ranch’.
October 25, 2012, Napa Valley Register, Phil Coturri, “Grapegrower report: Organic practices make the difference”.Full article here
October 2012, Town & Country, Sam Dangremond, “California Uncorked”.
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April 26, 2012, Napa Valley Register, L. Pierce Carson, “Toublesome 2009 Vintage Turns Out Exceptional Wines”
Oakville Ranch 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Winemaker Anne Vawter has provided a classic cab layered with cassis and black cherries. It’s soft, lush and lingering on the palate, another lovely expression of fruit grown in the eastern Oakville hills. This one is making estate director Paula Kornell display her remarkable smile.”
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February 15, 2012, NapaValleyRegister.com, Staff at JV Wine & Spirits, “Under $25 Wines”
Oakville Ranch Field Blend ($25) is made with varying reds such as zinfandel and petite sirah. This is a rich, concentrated wine loaded with red currants, black cherries, vanilla, herb and spice. If you want delicious, this is it. Field blends were popular decades ago in Napa Valley; they were blends of all different grape varieties grown in the same field, or vineyard plot. Today, each grape variety generally has its own vineyard block. But this wine takes Field Blends to a whole new level. This is a very good wine. Owner is Mary MacInnes Miner; there are 80 acres of vines on their 350 acre ranch.
January 5, 2012, Napa Valley Register, David Stoneberg, “Top Wines of 2011”
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Named to Top Cabs
November 11, 2011, Bigger Than Your Head, Frederic Koeppel, “Damn, This Was Good!”
2007 Robert’s Blend, Cabernet Franc
“A wonderful expression of the cabernet franc grape — with 10 percent cabernet sauvignon, so it is a blend — this inky-dark wine, named in honor of the winery’s founder Robert Miner, bursts with black currants and blueberries laved with tar and bitter chocolate, crushed violets and lavender and, telltale mark of cabernet franc, black olives, thyme, black tea and a hint of bell pepper, all layered over an earthy, granitic mineral quality. This is some big, dense, chewy wine, but it displays lovely balance among the essential structural devices of bright acidity; polished, grainy tannins … In fact, the wine is quite spicy, and as it opens in the glass, its offering of black currant, black cherry and plum flavors takes on more macerated and stewed aspects that encompass a touch of fruitcake and leather…”
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October 28, 2011, 7X7.com, Ian White, “Five Fantastic Off-The-Beaten-Path Wineries and Their Neighbors”
“…You might not consider Oakville Ranch off the beaten path if you are a local or visit frequently, but it’s on only a few peoples' radars. It's located on the Silverado Trail (the road less frequently traveled) and surrounded by wild grasses, meadows and woodlands…”
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August 19, 2011, Napa Valley Register, L. Pierce Carson, “Catching up with the great wines of Oakville Ranch”
A lovely mouthfeel and lemony nose are the hallmarks of this absolutely incredible chardonnay. Fruit comes from the property’s Deep V tract, a sloping hillside and hollow studded with vines that produce a wine that’s proven a favorite with chefs from far and wide, says Kornell. It has amazing acid and a palate that brings to mind freshly sliced white peaches and the best poached pears. It’s simply well-balanced and delicious — and worth every cent. Total production is 178 cases.
2007 Robert’s Blend
Considering this piece of land has turned out to be ideal for growing cabernet franc, you’d expect a blend of 90 percent cabernet franc and 10 percent cabernet sauvignon to be a serious wine. Well, the fruit jumps right out of the glass here — Damson plums, black cherries, juicy blueberries. Although it has a delicate finish, it’s a wine that’s full and rich, and a terrific tribute to Bob Miner. Production: 264 six packs.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
A concentrated cab blended with 3 percent petit verdot and 1 percent cab franc, it’s a ripe, lush red with both cassis and spice competing smartly on mid-palate — the cassis winning on the long-lasting finish. A bargain for such an extraordinary cab. Production: 350 cases.
2009 Field Blend
This fruit-driven classic pays tribute to the growers of yesteryear who often made wine from a mix of varieties growing in their vineyards. This one is 86 percent old vine zinfandel and 14 percent petite sirah fermented together to produce a full-bodied red that’s supple on the palate. There’s spice and bright acid from the zinfandel and fleshiness from the petite sirah. Last year’s Field Blend earned a 95 score from Robert Parker. This one is also a prize winner. Only 100 cases were produced.
August 15, 2011, Huffington Post, Mary Orlin, The WineFashionista, “20 High-Low Late Summer Wines”
“You've probably guessed I'm a Chard no way kind of girl. But recently one Chardonnay blew me away. I tasted it at a press tour at Oakville Ranch in Napa Valley. Even though it is barrel aged in 70% new French oak, the oak influence is so subtle and the fruit just shines. Could sip this all day. We tasted the 2009 Chardonnay which will be released soon…”