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Napa Valley 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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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML) 2016 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS96
    • D95
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE91
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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • WE90
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  • Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • WE90
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS91
    • WW90
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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • D90
    • W&S90
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  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
    • JS93
    • WS93
    • JD91
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