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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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  • Larkmead Firebelle 2012  Front Label
    Larkmead Firebelle 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead The Lark Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead The Lark Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Tin Box Vineyard 2012 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Tin Box Vineyard 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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