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by Fred McMillin
Top Bill Oakville
Ohioan Hamilton Walker Crabb founded the village of Oakville around 187O. He was one of the first to bring in French varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today, the Oakville district produces California's two most famous Cabernets, Opus One and Martha's Vineyard Heitz.
The Rest of the Story
So if you want to produce a world-class Cab, where do you plant? Oakville, of course...except there's no land or vineyard available.
However, that was not the case in 1976. Ren and Marilyn Harris found fifty acres (30 of Cab) in 1976 and grabbed it...the Paradigm Vineyard (para-dime). They produced their first wine in 1991, a Cab of course. Hence, my panel was hardly suprised when they tried the 1996 vintage and found it to be among the best three or four California Cabs tasted in the last six months.
1996 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon
In 1890, there were only about 500 grape growers in the Napa Valley. As the largest producer, Hamilton Crabbe must have known them all. and who were one of the other 500 growers? None other than the Great Grandparents of Ren and Marilyn Harris!!
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01/19/00—Dry Sack Flashback
01/17/00—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/14/00—The Doctor's Encore
01/13/00—In Calaveras County
01/07/00—A New Winery for a New Millennium
01/04/00—Our Best Wine of 1999
01/03/00—Our Best Buy of 1999
This page created January 2000