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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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  • Beran Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012  Front Label
    Beran Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hagafen Brut Cuvee Late Disgorged (OU Kosher) 2012 Front Label
    Hagafen Brut Cuvee Late Disgorged (OU Kosher) 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2012 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012 Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lava Vine Winery Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Lava Vine Winery Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Atalon Pauline's Cuvee 2012 Front Label
    Atalon Pauline's Cuvee 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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