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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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  • Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gemstone Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Gemstone Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Larkmead LMV Salon 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Michel Rolland MR 2012 Front Label
    Michel Rolland MR 2012
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  • Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    Harlan The Maiden 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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