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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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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay 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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  • Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alpha Omega Era 2016  Front Label
    Alpha Omega Era 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Textbook Mise en Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Textbook Mise en Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2016  Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Gamble Family Vineyards Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Gamble Family Vineyards Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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
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  • Chappellet Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Chappellet Merlot 2016
    Merlot 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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  • Bacio Divino Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Bacio Divino Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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