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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Opus One  1988 Front Label
      Opus One 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Dominus Estate 1988 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Pahlmeyer Caldwell Vineyard Napa Valley 1988 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Caldwell Vineyard Napa Valley 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1988
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1988 Front Label
          Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1988
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
            Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
              Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
                Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                  Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988 Front Label
                  Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1988 Front Label
                          Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1988
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 1988 Front Label
                            Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 1988
                            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988  Front Label
                              Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Inglenook Rubicon 1988
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                                  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                                    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
                                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                                        Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                                        Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                                        • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                                          Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                                          • Ridge Monte Bello 1988 Front Label
                                            Ridge Monte Bello 1988
                                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                                            • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                                              Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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