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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1981
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Inglenook Rubicon 1981
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1981 Front Label
        Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
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          • Opus One (no capsule) 1981 Front Label
            Opus One (no capsule) 1981
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1981 Front Label
              Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
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              • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1981 Front Label
                Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1981
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                • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - signs of seepage) 1981 Front Label
                  Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - signs of seepage) 1981
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                  • Opus One  1981 Front Label
                    Opus One 1981
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1981  Front Label
                      Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
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                      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1981  Front Label
                        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1981
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