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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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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS91
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Opus One  2009 Front Label
    Opus One 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1998 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • D90
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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
    Opus One 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
    • WS90
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • D90
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  • Quintessa  2010 Front Label
    Quintessa 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1979 Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1979
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS91
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  • Opus One  2011 Front Label
    Opus One 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D95
    • JS92
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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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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - bin soiled label) 1994 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - bin soiled label) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • D95
    • WS91
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  • Opus One  1996 Front Label
    Opus One 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • D93
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    Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2010 Front Label
    Opus One 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
    • JS96
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  • Dominus Estate 1992  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (stained label) 1992
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • D93
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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  • Dominus Estate 2007 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE97
    • D97
    • W&S96
    • JS93
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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  • Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1998 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2008  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • D98
    • JS95
    • WS94
    • W&S93
    • WE92
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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    • D92
    • JS91
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