Napa Valley Red Wines
Napa Valley is known for producing some world-beating wine and so we have the pleasure of presenting you with some superb reds in this collection. This area - also known as Californian wine country - is located around 50 miles north east of San Francisco. It has a wide number of different appellations and sub appellations. Terroir, and therefore wine characteristics, vary in this beautiful region thanks to differing temperature, slope and soil conditions, but there are outstanding wines to be found throughout.
The 1960s saw a few pioneering winemakers observe that the Napa Valley could be an exquisite spot for wine making. Although the first vines took root there in the 1850s, a number of factors meant that progress froze until around 100 years later. In the 1940s, things started up once more thanks to an Italian family who reinvigorated the original estate. More winemakers took a chance a couple of decades later. They were right to do so, as California was relatively soon on the world map for fine wine. Seeing huge increase to the industry in the 1980s, this area became by the end of the century a powerful player in the global market. Today, it is home to hundreds of producers not only in the corporate but also in the boutique wine industry.
In terms of reds, the Napa Valley is most famous for the high quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its Pinot Noir. But, among other grapes, you will also find some high quality Merlot. The quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that grow in the valley is a blessing for wine makers. Expect to find plenty of smoky and peppery notes throughout the world-class Cabernet Sauvignons that are to be explored in the area.
You should also make sure to try out some of the Pinot Noirs which are coming out of the valley. Silky on the mouth, but with enough touches of firm acidity and tannin to focus the palate and create a lingering finish, these fruit-forward reds will give you a sumptuous mix cherry, plum, strawberry and rhubarb notes.