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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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  • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
    Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988 Front Label
      Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988
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      • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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        • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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          • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988  Front Label
            Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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            • Opus One  1988 Front Label
              Opus One 1988
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            • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
                Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
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                • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                  Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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                  • Clos Pegase Hommage Artist Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                    • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
                      Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
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                      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 1988 Front Label
                        Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 1988
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                        • Dominus Estate 1988 Front Label
                          Dominus Estate 1988
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
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