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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • WS91
    • CG90
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  • Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WE92
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  • Bond Vecina 2001 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE96
    • WS94
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  • Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • RP94
    • WS90
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  • Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE90
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