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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Wraith Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Wraith Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2015  Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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  • Quintessa  2015 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2015  Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2015  Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
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  • Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2016 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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