Following a sunny day with temperatures in the low-80s yesterday, today is cloudy, cool and rain is on the way. As we hunker down here in the Napa Valley, here are a couple noteworthy stories for you.
2003 Oakville Ranch Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Yesterday we brought you a short video where St. Supéry’s vineyard manager walked us through a few blocks of his Rutherford vineyards and explained the impact of climate, shoot positioning, clones and much more. Last week, a BusinessWeek column highlighted the Oakville Ranch Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (retail is $60 per 750ml bottle), which benefits from being made of predominantly mountain fruit. What’s the significance of mountain fruit?
Here’s an excerpt:
Poorer, rocky soil, lower temperatures—especially cooler nighttime temperatures—longer growing seasons and lower yields all lead to wines with those elusive, hard-to-define quality that mark great wine. Call it complexity, if you like—wines with that mysterious sense of restrained power, of depth and wonder.
The full article is here.
Kara’s Cupcakes officially opens for business at Oxbow
This morning Oxbow Public Market celebrated the opening of its newest tenant–Kara’s Cupcakes, which is located at the south end of the market just across the way from Oxbow Produce and Grocery.
The business, which is the vision of executive pastry chef Kara Lind, already has two locations in San Francisco and one each in Palo Alto and San Jose. We snapped a few photos of Kara and her crew this morning as they welcomed their very first customers–it was nice to see quite a long line as the opening approached.
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