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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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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Knights Bridge To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011  Front Label
    Knights Bridge To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012 Front Label
      Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Meteor Vineyard Perseid Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Meteor Vineyard Perseid Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Monticello Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
      Monticello Estate Pinot Noir 2013
      Pinot Noir from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
        Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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      • Von Strasser Sori Bricco Vineyard Red 2013 Front Label
        Von Strasser Sori Bricco Vineyard Red 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
          Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Dolce (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
          Dolce (375ML half-bottle) 2013
          Other Dessert from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Stony Hill Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
              Stony Hill Chardonnay 2013
              Chardonnay from Spring Mountain 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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              • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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              • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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              • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
                Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Somerston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                Somerston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                  Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                  • RP92
                  • WE90
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                • Maldonado Farm Worker Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                  Maldonado Farm Worker Chardonnay 2014
                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Coho Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2014 Front Label
                    Coho Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2014
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014  Front Label
                      Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
                        Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
                        Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Seavey Merlot 2014 Front Label
                        Seavey Merlot 2014
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Palazzo Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
                        Palazzo Cabernet Franc 2014
                        Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Monticello Estate Merlot 2014 Front Label
                          Monticello Estate Merlot 2014
                          Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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