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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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  • Quintessa  2008 Front Label
    Quintessa 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Darioush Darius II 2008 Front Label
    Darioush Darius II 2008
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2008 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2008 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    • Agave Rose Vineyards Jack Quinn Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Agave Rose Vineyards Jack Quinn Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
        Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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      • Harlan Estate 2008 Front Label
        Harlan Estate 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Colgin Cariad 2008 Front Label
        Colgin Cariad 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2008 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
          Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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        • Bond Pluribus 2008 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
          Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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        • Bond St. Eden 2008 Front Label
          Bond St. Eden 2008
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        • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
          Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Bond Matriarch 2008 Front Label
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          • Harlan The Maiden 2008 Front Label
            Harlan The Maiden 2008
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          • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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          • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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          • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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