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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
    • WE97
    • W&S95
    • CG93
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WW97
    • WS96
    • W&S93
    • WE92
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • W&S91
    • CG91
    • WE90
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  • Shafer Firebreak 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Firebreak 2002
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • WS90
    • W&S90
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2002  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • JD96
    • WE93
    • W&S91
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  • Quintessa  2002 Front Label
    Quintessa 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • RP91
    • W&S91
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S90
    • RP90
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
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  • Dominus Estate 2002  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • W&S94
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
    Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • W&S94
    • WS92
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