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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1997 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1997  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained label) 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained label) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel (scuffed label) 1997 Front Label
    Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel (scuffed label) 1997
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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