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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1997 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (loose capsule) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (loose capsule) 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1997 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Atlas Peak Sangiovese 1997
    Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (scuffed label) 1997 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (scuffed label) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 1997
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Sunspot Vineyard Port 1997 Front Label
    Shafer Sunspot Vineyard Port 1997
    Port from Napa Valley, California
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      • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
          Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
          Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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        • Inglenook Rubicon 1997 Front Label
          Inglenook Rubicon 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997 Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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