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California Red Wine

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California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.

While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.

The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.

This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!

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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2019  Front Label
    Continuum 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2019  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2020  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Sinskey Point of View 2016  Front Label
      Robert Sinskey Point of View 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Carneros, California
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      • Darioush Caravan Red 2018  Front Label
        Darioush Caravan Red 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Realm Cellars The Bard 2019  Front Label
        Realm Cellars The Bard 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2019  Front Label
        Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
        Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Jarvis Lake William 2015  Front Label
        Jarvis Lake William 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2019  Front Label
          Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2019
          Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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          • Decoy Red 2019  Front Label
            Decoy Red 2019
            Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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          • Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2019  Front Label
            Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2019
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Inglenook Rubicon 2017  Front Label
              Inglenook Rubicon 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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            • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2016  Front Label
              Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Elizabeth Rose Chockablock 2019  Front Label
                Elizabeth Rose Chockablock 2019
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2016  Front Label
                  Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2016
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                    Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2018
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                    • McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                      McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Red Blend 2019
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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                      • Goldschmidt Vineyard Crazy Creek Fidelity Red 2020  Front Label
                        Goldschmidt Vineyard Crazy Creek Fidelity Red 2020
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Chimney Rock Elevage Red 2019  Front Label
                        Chimney Rock Elevage Red 2019
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017  Front Label
                        Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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                        • RP91
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                      • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019  Front Label
                        Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
                        • JD93
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