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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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  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Bottle Shot
    Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
        Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (corroded capsule) 1986
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ridge York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1986  Front Label
        Ridge York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Opus One  1986 Front Label
          Opus One 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
          Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
            Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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          • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
            Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
              Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (slightly torn labels) 1986 Front Label
                Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (slightly torn labels) 1986
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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                • WS92
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              • Duckhorn Vine Hill Ranch Merlot 1986 Front Label
                Duckhorn Vine Hill Ranch Merlot 1986
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1986  Front Label
                  Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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                  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                    Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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                    • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                      Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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                      • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986 Front Label
                        Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986
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                        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1986  Front Label
                          Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1986
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986 Front Label
                            Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986 Front Label
                              Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                                Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                                Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Louis Martini Petite Syrah 1986
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                                • Dominus Estate 1986 Front Bottle Shot
                                  Dominus Estate 1986
                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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