There’s a reason you’ll find some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The area is filled with a vast array of soils that allow for diverse wines of a delicious caliber. It’s why people from all over the world come to try famed Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Napa’s Geological History
Created by geological events over the span of 150 million years, volcanic and marine soils share this region. Tectonic plate movement and volcanic activity formed the Napa Valley and with the erosion and mixing of this parent material came vastly diverse and complex soil compositions in the alluvial fans that develop from the hillsides and cover the valley floor. At one point in history, the San Pablo Bay reached present-day Yountville, further stirring the geological variation of the land.
Napa Valley’s soil diversity represents half the world’s soil orders, 33 soil series, and more than 100 soil variations. The character of the grapes are highly affected by the soil’s composition. The Valley floor soils are usually deeper and more fertile and produces robust growth. The crop must therefore be strictly managed to form concentrated grapes. The hillsides offer rock soils which force vines to struggle to survive resulting in smaller crop and highly concentrated color and flavors.
The Vineyards of Aiken Wines
Aiken Wines uses grapes from premium vineyards to produce some of the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. From the Morisoli Vineyard Rutherford, Aiken Wines produces Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The dusty, gravel-laden soils create a distinct taste.
The Oakville Ranch Vineyard offers Aiken Wines with grapes from the hills high above the valley floor where the daytime is longer and the nighttime includes cooler temperatures. The grapes here have a darker color and a refreshing acidity. The thin red volcanic soil causes limited growth with small clusters and berries – the result is powerful and elegant wines.
The unique and special circumstances of Napa Valley’s geology have paved a road for excellence in wine. The region therefore creates famous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aiken Wines is committed to providing customers with phenomenal selections from the finest grapes. Joel Aiken is inspired by these spectacular vineyards to create wines that are truly elevated.