J. Doran Vineyards
Region: Napa Valley, CA
Grapes95% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Merlot
RegionYountville AVA, Napa, CA
AgeabilityDrink now through 2017
The first vineyards in the Napa Valley were planted in Yountville by George Yount in the mid-1800s. Today this rich area of varied soils and microclimates allows cultivation of a wide range of wine varietals, from delicate Sauvignon Blancs to robust Cabernet Sauvignons and Petit Syrahs.
Geologically speaking, Yountville offers an extremely unique combination of very distinctive soil characteristics within its boundary delineations. Volcanic soils on the eastern flank are similar to the neighboring Stags Leap District. Centuries-old coastal deposits, and both sedimentary and alluvial soils exist to the west, interspersed with sandy, gravelly loam and a little clay. No other area in Napa Valley boasts this particular geomorphic combination, and pronounced soil differences have been recorded between Yountville and the areas immediately surrounding it in Oakville, Stags Leap, Mt. Veeder, and Oak Knoll -- earning the area its AVA designation.