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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism ...

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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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  • Judd's Hill Summers Ranch Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Judd's Hill Summers Ranch Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Krug Generations 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Atlas Peak Sangiovese 1997
    Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Ne Cede Malis 1997
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Napa Ridge Reserve Chardonnay 1997
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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    • WS97
    • WE95
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  • Napa Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE88
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  • Sterling Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Sterling Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Folie a Deux Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Folie a Deux Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • W&S92
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • W&S92
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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
    • WS95
    • WE94
    • RP94
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  • William Hill Aura Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    William Hill Aura Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WE93
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  • Sterling Napa Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Sterling Napa Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS92
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  • Sterling Napa Merlot (1.5L) 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Generations Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
    Raymond Generations Chardonnay 1997
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S88
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  • Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
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