The AVA Gauntlet - Part 44
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The AVA Gauntlet - Part 4

Tome Summary: Reviews selected American Viticultural Areas of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Discusses Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley AVA as well as the Howell Mountain, Oakville & Rutherford and Stags Leap areas of Napa Valley.
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    Howell Mountain AVA

    The Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located in the Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley. Unique features of the Howell Mountain AVA include vineyards starting at high elevations of 1,400 feet. The high elevations cause temperature variations to occur later in the day and sunlight intensity to be much greater. Howell Mountain wines present the quality of extreme ease of drinking. Read Now
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    Expertise Level 3

    Oakville and Rutherford AVAs

    The American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Oakville and Rutherford are two wine producing regions of the Napa Valley. The Oakville and Rutherford AVAs are home to some of the most famous wineries in California including Beaulieu Vineyards, Inglenook Winery and Martha’s Vineyard. Oakville and Rutherford AVAs are primarily known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. Read Now
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    Expertise Level 3

    Alexander Valley AVA

    Alexander Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in northeastern Sonoma County. Organization of AVAs within Sonoma County can be confusing when discussing AVA borders. The Anderson Valley AVA is part of the larger Northern Sonoma AVA with the Russian River Valley AVA overlapping slightly in the south. The climate of Alexander Valley is diverse in temperatures. Read Now
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    Expertise Level 2

    Stags Leap AVA

    The Stags Leap District American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located within the Napa Valley of Northern California. The size of the Stags Leap District AVA is 2,700 acres. Soil types and weather patterns are different than those found in neighboring AVAs. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular variety planted. Stags Leap Cabernets feature hints of chocolate, black currant, raspberry and dark cherry flavors. Read Now

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