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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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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon 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
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2016 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter - OWC) 2016 Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter - OWC) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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