California Napa & Carneros Wine Guide


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The Napa Valley has now been producing high-quality wine for over three decades and indeed many properties go back to pre-Prohibition times. As in the other major viticultural regions of California, dynamic change is continuous and new operations, particularly boutique and very small scale premium red producers, are emerging all the time. Of one thing there is no doubt: winemakers here and particularly those working with classic Bordeaux varieties, are able to charge super-premium prices. These days the top Bordeaux reds can seem relative bargains in comparison to some of their Napa counterparts. There is no question that an increasing number of truly world-class wines continue to emerge from Napa but also that there are as many that are priced too highly and quite simply struggle to justify their lofty tags. If you are looking for some very serious bottles they’re certainly here, but some care and research is needed before purchasing.

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