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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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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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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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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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    Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2012 Front Label
    Continuum 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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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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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Harlan Estate 2012 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead LMV Salon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead LMV Salon 2012
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Michel Rolland MR 2012 Front Label
    Michel Rolland MR 2012
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
    Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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