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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 red wines 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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  • Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2018  Front Label
    Quintessa 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Crossroads Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rudd Crossroads Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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