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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 red wines 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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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilt Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Quilt Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2018
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    • Annabella Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Annabella Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • The Prisoner Wine Company The Snitch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        The Prisoner Wine Company The Snitch Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Favia Carbone Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Favia Carbone Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Antica Chardonnay (Mountain Select) 2018  Front Label
        Antica Chardonnay (Mountain Select) 2018
        Chardonnay from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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      • Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Frog's Leap Shale and Stone Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Frog's Leap Shale and Stone Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
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          • Markham Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Markham Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Elizabeth Rose Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Elizabeth Rose Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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            • Hindsight Wines Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Hindsight Wines Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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            • O'Shaughnessy Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              O'Shaughnessy Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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