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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 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2005 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Corra Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Corra Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
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  • Turley Library Petite Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Turley Library Petite Syrah 2005
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • V95
    • WS92
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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    • W&S93
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • RP93
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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2005 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2005
    Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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    • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2005  Front Label
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      Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005 Front Label
      Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
      Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • CG95
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    • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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      • RP92
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005  Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
      Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Melbury 2005  Front Bottle Shot
      Bond Melbury 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
      Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • RP95
      • WS90
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