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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1982  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1982
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (cut capsule) 1982 Front Bottle Shot
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    • Inglenook Rubicon 1982
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      • William Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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        • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
          Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
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          • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
            Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
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          • Opus One (corroded capsule) 1982 Front Label
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
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              • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
                Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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