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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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  • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Chimney Rock Stags Leap Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Chappellet Moelleux Chenin Blanc (half-bottle) 1998
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  • St. Clement Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Cakebread Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 1998
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  • Silverado Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Dominus Estate 1998 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1998
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  • Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 1998
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  • Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
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  • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1998 Front Label
    William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1998
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998
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  • Silverado Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1998
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  • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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