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Classification of Napa


Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much debate in the wine world on the legitimacy of such a classification. Jancis Robinson adds her two cents in her November 2nd article "Napa's first and second growths?"

Personally, I think this classification process a natural step for Napa but that the perception of California wines is largely influenced by marketing and branding, more than any other wine-growing region. What is your take on the situation? Do you agree with FINE's proposed classification?

FINE'S NAPA VALLEY CLASSIFICATION

First Growths

Harlan Estate
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Colgin, Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Araujo, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Heitz, Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Second Growths

Dalla Valle, Maya
Abreu, Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Pahlmeyer Red
Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Joseph Phelps, Insignia
Dominus
Opus One
Dunn, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Caymus, Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Montelena, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Stag's Leap, Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietary Red
Rubicon Estate, Rubicon Proprietary Blend
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Ricknat1 commented (4 years ago)
I think the Martha's of the 90s are really nice as well, but I do not see them as complex, intense wines ala the Bordeaux first growths, just very enjoyable.
AndresCamacho commented (4 years ago)
Hietz? First Growth. Really? 1974 was a long time ago.
Laura C commented (4 years ago)
Good idea Andres. I added several top vintages of the "First Growths", some of which you can buy from Vinfolio.
AndresCamacho commented (4 years ago)
Which vintages of the "First Growths" really stand out? Maybe you could add those vintages to the WinePost. :)
Year, Name, Varietal, Country, Region, Appellation, Color Drink dates Score(s)  
Heitz - Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
1985 Heitz - Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
91
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Heitz - Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
1974 Heitz - Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
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Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
2002 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2012-2022
IWC ...
97
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Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
2005 Araujo - Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2012-2024
IWC ...
94
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Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
1995 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
IWC ...
99
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Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
1996 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
IWC ...
96
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2 for sale
Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2005-2020
IWC ...
100
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Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard
1995 Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2000-2010
IWC ...
94
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Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard
1997 Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
IWC ...
99
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Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
1995 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
IWC ...
99
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Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2010-2025
99
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Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
IWC ...
100
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Harlan
2002 Harlan
Red Bordeaux Blend
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2007-2027
IWC ...
JR ...
99
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Bid in Marketplace
4 for sale
Harlan
2001 Harlan
Red Bordeaux Blend
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2008-2024
IWC ...
JR ...
98
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Bid in Marketplace
3 for sale
Harlan
1997 Harlan
Red Bordeaux Blend
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2007-2007
IWC ...
99
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Harlan
1994 Harlan
Red Bordeaux Blend
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Comm: 2008-2020
IWC ...
JR ...
100
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