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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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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Foley Johnson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine  2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Green & Red Tip Top Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Green & Red Tip Top Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2012 Front Label
    Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2012 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery The Stag Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery The Stag Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 2012 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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