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Napa Valley Wine California

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth red wines with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Bard 2018  Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Bard 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
      Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Vine Cliff Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
      Vine Cliff Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Annabella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
        Annabella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
          • TP95
          • WW92
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        • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
          Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
          Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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        • Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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        • Bella Union by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Bella Union by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
          Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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          • Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
            Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • JS92
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          • Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
            Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
            Dominus Estate 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Post & Beam by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Post & Beam by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WW93
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