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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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  • 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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  • Dominus Estate 1996 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • 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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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Oakford Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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    • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
      Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
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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 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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        • Clark-Claudon 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
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          • Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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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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