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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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  • 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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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Oakford Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Goosecross Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Goosecross Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon 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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      • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
        Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Reserve (stained label) 1996 Front Label
          Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Reserve (stained label) 1996
          Other Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Sterling Reserve 1996 Front Label
          Sterling Reserve 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
          Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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          • Opus One  1996 Front Label
            Opus One 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 1996 Front Label
            Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends 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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          • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label, loose capsules) 1996 Front Label
            Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label, loose capsules) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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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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          • Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L Magnum) 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends 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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          • 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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            • Flora Springs Trilogy 1996 Front Label
              Flora Springs Trilogy 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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