Top drops from Napa Valley’s mountain wineries: challenging to make but worth it

Wines from California’s Napa Valley have a distinct style when made from grapes also used in Bordeaux, France – cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot – especially if they are produced in the moun­tains, specifically the peaks between the Mayacamas and Vaca ranges. Vines on moun­tains grow slowly, pro­ducing small grapes with a wild earthiness that shows forest and rock, concentrated black and red fruits, and tight tannins. As the vine­…

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