Over the years, I continue to be amazed by the diversity to be found within Napa Valley vineyards. At one site, find vines growing out of poor, volcanic soil, while the next site sits in a deep, fertile alluvial bed. The array of conditions found in the Napa Valley is unique, due to the climate and geography of the valley. The north-south orientation allows the cooling influence of the bay to travel up the valley from its open southern end. Different from valleys open at both ends, Napa Valley is a "box canyon" closed off at the northern end by Mount St. Helena. This traps the moisture and results in layers of fog lines down the valley, providing a variety of microclimates paired with different soil compositions. These unique combinations ultimately result in recognizable wine characteristics from different vineyards. Given such a wide variety to work with, it's a pleasure each year to put together the best combination of ideal grapes in order to make Oberon wines.
Collaborating with local growers year after year allows me to ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown for Oberon in premier and emerging Napa Valley sub-appellations. From all of these vineyards, we harvest perfectly mature clusters that lend the ripest possible fruit character to the wines. It takes a lot of patience to wait for that moment when I can taste the peak of richness in the grapes. It's the same point at which nature recognizes it, and the birds begin to pluck the berries from the vines. Waiting for that maximum ripeness results in optimum concentration of the wines.
All of the Oberon wines are true expressions of their Napa Valley roots.