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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends 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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  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2015  Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, 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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  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    TOR Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead Dr. Olmo Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Larkmead Dr. Olmo Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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