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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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  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah 1996 Front Label
      Beringer Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah 1996
      Petite Sirah from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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      • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
        Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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        • Flora Springs Trilogy 1996 Front Label
          Flora Springs Trilogy 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Harlan The Maiden 1996 Front Label
          Harlan The Maiden 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996 Front Label
            Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996
            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Opus One  1996 Front Label
            Opus One 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
            Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
            Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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          • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
            Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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          • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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          • Martin Ray Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Martin Ray Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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            • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
              Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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