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Napa Valley's fame is all the more remarkable for having been built over only the last 60 years, as compared with the centuries of viticultural history enjoyed by it's European rivals. Napa has its glitzy tasting rooms and celebrity wineries, but these are only possible because the astounding range of soils, temperatures and altitudes produce some of the greatest wines on earth. Napa is most associated with big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon, but look a little deeper into the woods, higher up the mountain slopes, and farther down the gravel lanes, and you'll discover a world of variety in this small valley in Northern California.

Hess 2017 Allomi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


This wine delivers a robustly rich experience of lengthy appeal. Blended with 12% Petite Sirah, among other varieties, and aged in American oak, the palate shows a wealth of black cherry, cassis and blackberry around toasted oak and a hint of clove...

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Coppola 2017 Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


Classic California expression that offers fruit-forward, multi-dimensional flavours and immediate drinkability. Blend of fruit from appellations as far north as El Dorado and as far south as Paso Robles. Soil diversity helps produce a more complex wine...

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Beringer 2018 Main & Vine Chardonnay 750ml


A wonderfully approachable and refreshing wine. Full of lush fruit flavors and aromas, The bright citrus perfectly offsets the honeyed apricot, culminating in a smooth, delicious wine with a lasting finish. A wine that immediately conjures up...

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Freemark Abbey 2019 Chardonnay 750ml


The 2016 Chardonnay is scented of baked pears, ripe apples and dried herbs with touches of cedar, cinnamon toast and yeast extract. Full-bodied, rich and with a pleasantly oily texture, it is jam packed with ripe apple and toasty layers, finishing long...

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Togni 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley 750ml


The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is one of the more open-knit Cabernets I have ever tasted here. Although the 2017 does not have the depth or dimension of the very finest years, in exchange, it will drink well pretty much upon release, which is highly...

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Togni 2017 Tanbark Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


[2017] The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard is exotically ripe and soft, which makes it a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years, give or take. Succulent red cherry, kirsch, pomegranate and spice all meld...

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Morgan Bay Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


The historic district of Rutherford is home to Morgan Bay Cellars, who have been practicing sustainable agriculture for three generations. This is a stylish modern wine with big and rich flavours of stewed red and black fruits that lead to a toasty...

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Inglenook 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon "1882" 750ml


The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 is a delicious entry-level wine from Inglenook. Plump, juicy and voluptuous in the glass, the 1882 is done in a forward, fruit-driven style that will deliver considerable pleasure now and over the next few years. Score:...

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Paul Hobbs 2016 Cross Barn Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley features vibrant notions of crushed wild blueberries, black cherries and cassis with touches of cigar box, black tea and wild sage. Medium to full-bodied with a full frame of...

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