[blue_large]Wild Horse Valley AVA[/blue_large]

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Year established 1992
Climate A warmer area to the east of Napa Valley proper. Tbis area’s temperature is modertated by its elevation and the prevailing winds coming off Suisun Bay to the southeast. The Wild Horse Valley AVA features two distinct subregions. To the west, the area is cooled by San Pablo Bay, although the elevation keeps the area above the fogline. The eastern half, being protected by the slope of the ground, is much warmer.
Elevation Wild Horse Valley 400 to 1500 ft. (123 to 460m).
Rainfall 35 inches (94cm) annually.
Soils Volcanic in origin, with basaltic red color, shallow with limited water retention, so irrigation is often essential.
Total Area 11,000 acres (45 km2)
Size of planted vineyards 1,500 acres (6 km2)
Varietals/characteristics Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese: Bright berry and cherry fruit, and more acidity than wines from Stags Leap District. Chardonnay: Crisp, floral, aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.