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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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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Merryvale Profile 1996 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Turley Hayne Zinfandel (torn label) 1996 Front Label
      Turley Hayne Zinfandel (torn label) 1996
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Emilio's Terrace Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Schramsberg J. Schram 1996 Front Label
      Schramsberg J. Schram 1996
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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    • Markham Reserve Chardonnay 1996
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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    • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Hartwell Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Flora Springs St. Rutherford Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Flora Springs St. Rutherford Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Markham Reserve Merlot 1996 Front Label
      Markham Reserve Merlot 1996
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    • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Rosenblum Cellars Ballentine Vineyard Zinfandel 1996 Front Label
      Rosenblum Cellars Ballentine Vineyard Zinfandel 1996
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • Truchard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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