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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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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2005  Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2005 Front Label
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  • Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2005 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  • Turley Hayne Petite Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Turley Hayne Petite Syrah 2005
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2005  Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2005
    Petite Sirah from 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
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
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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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  • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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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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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Darioush Darius II (Torn Label) 2005 Front Label
    Darioush Darius II (Torn Label) 2005
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  • Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Melbury 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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