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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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  • Meadowcroft Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Meadowcroft Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Provenance Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Provenance Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2016 Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery The Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery The Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Antica Cabernet Sauvignon (Mountain Select) 2016  Front Label
    Antica Cabernet Sauvignon (Mountain Select) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sinegal Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Sinegal Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery The Investor Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery The Investor Red Wine 2016
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Titus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Titus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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