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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 reds 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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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    La Jota Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1997
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Fisher Vineyards Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Fisher Vineyards Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Aida Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Turley Aida Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Venge Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Venge Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 1997
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 1997 Front Label
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 1997 Front Label
    La Jota Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 1997
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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