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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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  • Dominus Estate 2003  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2003 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2003 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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