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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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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 2008 Front Label
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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  • Conn Creek Anthology (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2008 Front Label
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Dominus Estate 2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2008 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Bond Pluribus 2008 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2008
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
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