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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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  • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC - signed by winemaker) 2010 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC - signed by winemaker) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
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