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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 1997 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
    Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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