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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  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2016 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado GEO Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Silverado GEO Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2016 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2016
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Brand Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Brand Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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  • Textbook Mise en Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Textbook Mise en Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2016  Front Label
    Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Arkenstone Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Arkenstone Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Brand Proprietary Red 2016 Front Label
    Brand Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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