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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 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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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mayacamas Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Mayacamas Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ehlers Estate Portrait Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Ehlers Estate Portrait Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stewart Nomad Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Stewart Nomad Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
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