There's not really one style of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, because the terrain varies so much. Rocky, red volcanic soils dominate in the east and receive full afternoon sun, the valley floor tends to have deeper, heavier soils, and on the west side long and broad alluvial fans get shaded by the mountains late in the day. Game Ranch lies on the eastern-end of Oakville Cross Rd and the soils here transition from volcanic red clay to brown gravelly loam. They offer exceptionally good drainage which controls vigor, produce small berries and ultimately wines with deep concentration.
Nick Goldschmidt makes his Oakville Game Ranch PLUS in a very lush, elegant style. The PLUS series comes from the site’s best fruit, receives innovative winemaking techniques, and a judicious use of new French oak. As one would expect, it is tightly-wound upon opening. But given an hour after decanting, it is impressively arranged and beautifully balanced, showing seamless integration.