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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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  • 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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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, 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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    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Conn Creek Anthology (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, 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 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2012 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, 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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  • Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2012 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Red Wine 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn Howell Mountain Red Wine 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, 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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    Conn Creek Anthology 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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