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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
    Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2002 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2002  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2002 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden (scuffed label) 2002 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden (scuffed label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Revana Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Revana Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2002 Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Charbono Tofanelli Vineyard  2002 Front Label
    Turley Charbono Tofanelli Vineyard 2002
    Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
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