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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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  • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
    Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2002
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sbragia Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Cosentino Hoopes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Cosentino Hoopes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Newton The Puzzle 2002 Front Label
    Newton The Puzzle 2002
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  • Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Clement Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Charles Krug Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Franc 2002
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002  Front Label
    Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
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