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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 red wines 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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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2002  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (marked label) 2002 Front Label
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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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  • Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2002  Front Label
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2002  Front Label
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
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  • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
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  • Harlan Estate 2002 Front Label
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
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  • Bond Melbury 2002  Front Label
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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    Harlan The Maiden (scuffed label) 2002
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    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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