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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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  • Bella Union by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Bella Union by Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE91
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S93
    • WE93
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
    Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2015  Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mumm Napa Brut Rose Front Label
    Mumm Napa Brut Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mumm Napa Brut Prestige Front Label
    Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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  • Antica Cabernet Sauvignon (Mountain Select) 2016  Front Label
    Antica Cabernet Sauvignon (Mountain Select) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WE94
    • W&S92
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