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Located 40 miles north of San Francisco and roughly 40 miles inland, Napa Valley is a relatively young wine region when compared to other worldly regions such as Tuscany or Bordeaux. By no means, though, does this make Napa Valley the immature and naive younger sibling. Napa has become renown for producing some of the most incredible Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world.

 

The Napa Valley American Viticultural Area consists of 45,275+ acres of vineyards that are currently broken out into 16 subregions. Below we have listed the Napa subregions and the types of grapes grown in each.

 

(information from https://napavintners.com/napa_valley/appellations.asp)

 

Coombsville
Principal varieties: Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon on the hillsides with Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir in the lower, cooler sites

Oak Knoll
Principal varieties & characteristics: Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon benefit from a longer growing season with slightly cooler temperature, though crop size is typically less than in other AVAs. Elegant style is the common theme with fruit flavors of cassis, tobacco and spice typical to Bordeaux-style reds. Chardonnay showcases flavors of crisp apple, mineral notes and tropical fruit with fine acidity.

Yountville
Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot: Yountville favors Cabernet and Merlot with ripe, violety aromas and rich, but supple flavors and firm tannins.

Oakville

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot: Ripe currant and mint flavors, rich texture and full, firm structure tempered by rich fruit. Sauvignon Blanc: Full, steely, yet very fleshy.

Rutherford

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel: Quite intense cherry and mineral, almost earthy aromas. Flavors are full, ripe, and notably currant with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging. Also produces Sauvignon Blanc.

Stags Leap District

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot: Distinguished by lush, velvety textures and fine perfumed cherry and red berry flavors, supported by soft tannins. Sauvignon Blanc: Round and ripe, yet retains excellent citrus and apple flavors.

St. Helena

Principal varieties and characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot: deep, ripe, often jammy flavors, with firm tannins for structure and acid for long cellaring. Appealing aromas of currant and black fruit. Syrah: Fleshy, supple and slightly earthy. Zinfandel: Blackberry-like, well-structured. Sauvignon Blanc, fresh and forward, passion fruit and lemon, crisp and fresh, not “grassy”.

Calistoga

Principal varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah

Diamond Mountain District

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc: firmly structured, rich and fairly tannic when young, with strong blackcurrant, mineral, and cedary flavors. Less supple and fleshy than valley or benchland wines, with good aging potential.

Spring Mountain District

Principal varieties & characteristics:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel: Powerful, firm, blackberry-currant flavors and often richly tannic, with excellent acidity for aging.

Chardonnay: Sinewy, firm and not as fruity as those of the valley floor, revealing more citrus and stone fruit flavors.

Mount Veeder

Principal varieties & characteristics: Ageability is a hallmark of Mt. Veeder wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel: Low yields give red wines a firm, tannic structure with strong earth-berry aromas and rich, but powerful flavors.

Chardonnay: minerally, appley, even citrus flavors with good acidity.

Atlas Peak
Principal varieties & characteristics:

Cabernet Sauvignon: Bright berry and cherry fruit, and more acidity than wines from Stags Leap District.

Chardonnay: Crisp, floral, aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.

Chiles Valley

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Zinfandel: Cabernets usually reveal a lush yet firm texture with good acidity, firm tannin and distinctive cherry-blackberry flavors. Merlot typically has vibrant black cherry flavors mixed with a touch of cocoa.

Howell Mountain

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel: Powerful, firm, blackberry-currant flavors and often richly tannic, with excellent acidity for aging. Chardonnay, Viognier: Sinewy, firm and not as fruity as those of the valley floor, revealing more citrus and stone fruit flavors.

Los Carneros

Principal varieties & characteristics: Chardonnay: minerally pear-apple and spice flavors. Merlot: sinewy and lightly herbal, with fine tannins and sleek structure. Pinot Noir: ripe cherry-cinnamon spice flavors with earthy notes.

Wild Horse Valley
Principal varieties & characteristics: Pinot Noir: Bright berry and cherry fruit with great acidity. Chardonnay: Crisp, floral, aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.

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