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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1996 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  1996 Front Label
    Opus One 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • D93
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 1996 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 1996  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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