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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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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2006 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2006 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2006 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2006 Front Label
    Quintessa 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
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  • Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2006 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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