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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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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Far Niente 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
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Cardinale 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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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 1996 Front Label
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  • Harlan Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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  • Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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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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  • Sterling Reserve 1996 Front Label
    Sterling Reserve 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends 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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  • Hartwell Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Hartwell Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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