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Napa Valley 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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    • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1978
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      • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 Front Label
        Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
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      • Inglenook Rubicon 1978
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        • Charles Krug Claret (signs of past seepage) 1978 Front Label
          Charles Krug Claret (signs of past seepage) 1978
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          • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 Front Label
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            • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 Front Label
              Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1978 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1978
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 Front Bottle Shot
              Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
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