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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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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
    Opus One 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2005  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
      Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
      Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan Estate 2005 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
      Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Matriarch 2005 Front Label
      Bond Matriarch 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • WE98
      • RP93
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    • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2005  Front Label
      Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2005
      Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS95
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    • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • RP93
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    • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
      • WE91
      • RP91
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • V95
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    • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005 Front Label
      Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin Cariad 2005 Front Label
      Colgin Cariad 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP100
      • WS94
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    • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005 Front Label
      Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Viader Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
      Viader Proprietary Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • RP90
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    • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
      Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, 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
      • RP95
      • WE95
      • W&S91
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