November 30 2012 issue
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TERROIR Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, California Kyle Schlachter, CSWCelebrated winemakers are flocking to these slopes of the Vaca Mountains. Hillside vineyards are not recent phenomena in the Napa Valley: four of the first seven subappellations to be identified within the regional American Viticultural Area (AVA) were mountain districts. And even before the federal government got into the business of defining viticultural boundaries in the post-Prohibition era—about the same time Robert Mondavi and Joseph Heitz were building their wineries on the valley floor—...
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