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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 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead LMV Salon 2008 Front Label
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Annum 2008
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • O'Shaughnessy Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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