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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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  • Oakford Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Oakford Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile 1998 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1998 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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