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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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  • Darioush Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon (Torn Label) 2005 Front Label
    Darioush Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon (Torn Label) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2005 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2005 Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Arietta Variation One 2005 Front Label
    Arietta Variation One 2005
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jones Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Jones Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  • Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Ramey Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 2005
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Newton The Puzzle 2005 Front Label
    Newton The Puzzle 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blankiet Paradise Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Blankiet Paradise Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
    Keenan Cabernet Franc 2005
    Cabernet Franc from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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