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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 red wines 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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011 Front Bottle Shot
    Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos Du Val Merlot 2011 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Merlot 2011
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Duckhorn Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2011
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ca'Momi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Ca'Momi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Trinchero Meritage 2011 Front Label
    Trinchero Meritage 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emblem by Michael Mondavi Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Emblem by Michael Mondavi Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • First Press Wine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    First Press Wine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2011 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2011 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2011
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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