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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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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile 2012 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • RP91
    • TP91
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