BEHIND THE VINES: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (OKD)
Take a deeper look at the vineyards of Mi Sueño.
The Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Located north of the City of Napa and south of Yountville, the Oak Knoll District AVA (OKD) was formally recognized in 2004 as Napa’s 14th American Viticultural Area. Mi Sueño’s Linda Vista Vineyards and Salvador Vineyards can be found here in the Oak Knoll District.
OAK KNOLL DISTRICT (OKD)
There are a few factors that make the OKD so distinctly different from the other areas where grapes are grown in Napa Valley.
To start, it is among the lowest and coolest in the Valley, topping out at an elevation that reaches only about 800 feet above sea level. This area is known for long, cool growing seasons averaging eight months and mid-summer temperatures rarely above 92°F, making it the longest and coolest growing season of any sub-appellation in the area.
Known locally as a “sweet spot” in the Napa Valley because of this unique micro-climate, OKD is one of the only places in the valley warm enough to ripen classic Bordeaux varietals and cool enough to provide an excellent growing environment for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
This temperate, cooler climate helps maintain acidity and gives the fruit extended hang time on the vine to develop deep flavors and excellent color, with a trademark OKD freshness in the resulting wines.
LINDA VISTA VINEYARD
On the west side of OKD lies Linda Vista Vineyard, in which 9 acres of Mi Sueño’s vineyards lie.
Planted in 2002 and 2006, the varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The loam and heavy clay soil produce highly sought-after expressive and complex wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are the varieties harvested from Mi Sueño’s Salvador Vineyard’s 4.5 acres.
Here, the soil consists of black loam and medium-density clay, giving richness and density to the texture of our wines, creating lush, full-bodied wines with robust and fruit-forward flavors.
Vintner Rolando Herrera takes advantage of this exceptional area to grow Old World grapes that flourish in this microclimate – Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Syrah.