Napa Valley Wines

Located within California’s North Coast, Napa Valley accounts for approximately 5% of California’s vineyard acreage. The Valley stretches from the San Pablo Bay in the south to Calistoga in the north, and is home to 16 sub-AVAs, including Carneros, Spring Mountain District, Stags Leap District, Oakville and the newly established Coombsville. There are various microclimates throughout the region, according to our Napa Valley Wine Guide. In the cooler sub-appellation of Carneros, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay benefit from the cool-marine winds funneling in from the San Pablo Bay, which helps to create wines with bright fruit and fresh acids. In contrast, the temperature in Calistoga can reach 100 °F in the summer, creating ultrarripe grapes and, ultimately, opulent wines loaded with fleshy fruit. Many different varietals are grown throughout the region; however, our Napa Valley Wine Reviews reference the most successful being Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the reds and Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites. While the region has a well-documented wine history, suggesting that vines were planted as far back as the mid-1800s, the late André Tchelistcheff of Beaulieu Vineyard is often credited as a founding father of the modernized Napa wine industry. For a complete list of ratings, information and reviews be sure to check out Napa Valley Buying Guide below.

> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 7,377
100
points

Cardinale 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
Tasted in a flight of great and famous Napa wines, this Cardinale stood at the head of the pack. Starts with a very fine nose of cedar, cassis, ripe blackberries and violets, then turns dramatic and refined in the mouth. Shows vast depth and length, with the finish a full minute of sweet fruits and spices. Marvelous tannins, so plush and elegant, so powerful yet…  — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
99
points

David Arthur 2009 Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $150
There are incredible aromatics on this Cabernet. It’s powerful yet subtle (how can that be?), all about sweet, crushed summer blackberries and pure cassis liqueur. Elaborate oak, in the form of buttered toast, is perfectly in balance, never overshadowing the fruit. The tannins are dry, rich and smooth, defining Napa elegance, grace and beauty. World class, dramatic…  — S.H.  (10/1/2012)
99
points

Colgin 2008 IX Estate Red (Napa Valley)

  1. $290
This is an absolutely beautiful wine to drink now, but the richness comes at the price of considerable alcohol. The color is dark and impenetrable, the aromas huge in Cabernet-inspired blackberries and black currants, with a touch of something herbal and also a stony minerality. There’s also a fascinating peatiness, like an Islay Scotch. It really opens up in the…  — S.H.  (10/1/2012)
99
points

Harlan Estate 2002 Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $245
The aroma is deep and inviting, equal parts new oak, Cabernet fruit and dried herbs. Has tremendous weight, with red and black cherry, cola, chocolate, cassis and roasted coconut flavors. Brilliant now, virtually flawless and totally delicious, yet has the impeccable balance to age and even improve over the years. The listed price is its pre-release price. Drink…  — S.H.  (9/1/2006)
98
points

Colgin 2003 IX Estate Red Wine (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $175
From the winery’s estate vineyard, high up on Pritchard Hill above the Silverado Trail, comes this spectacular Cab-based masterpiece. The color is purple-black, and massively saturated. Very intricate, complex, totally enjoyable, almost perfect. Like a great Pauillac, this monumental wine announces cassis, blackberry, cigar box, pencil lead, spice and cedar flavors…  — S.H.  (9/1/2006)
98
points

Yao Ming 2010 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $625
We can debate the pricing on Yao Ming’s new reserve, but what’s undeniable, by any modern standard, is the wine’s excellence. A blend of fruit from Atlas Peak and Rutherford, the wine is a barrel selection from the winery’s regular 2010 output, and accounts for only about 20% of total production. The Cabernet Sauvignon is mixed with a little Merlot, Cabernet Franc…  — S.H.  (4/1/2014)
98
points

Dolce 2006 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

  1. $85
With this wine, Dolce cements its status as California’s most consistently great dessert wine. This year’s blend is 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and the grapes were infected with the botrytis, resulting in the fantastic sweetness. Devastating in apricot, orange, pear, honey, vanilla and créme brûlée flavors, in an unctuous, viscous texture, with…  — S.H.  (6/1/2011)
98
points

Harlan Estate 2004 Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $350
The price is prerelease; it will soar on the aftermarket. This is very great Harlan. It pours dark and saturated, and the tannins are big and sturdy, not aggressive, but sweet and finely ground. Still, they give a hardness to the immaculately ripe fruit that mandates cellaring. The flavors of currants, blackberries, plums, chocolate and cedar are lush, deep and…  — S.H.  (12/1/2007)
> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 7,377
Facebook Activity
Twitter Activity