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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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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Staglin Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Staglin Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay 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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  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Eisele Vineyard Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Eisele Vineyard Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Signorello Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Signorello Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 2016  Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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