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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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  • Harlan Estate 2013 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dancing Hares Red 2013 Front Label
    Dancing Hares Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2013 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2013 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013  Front Label
    Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Bard 2013 Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Bard 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Falstaff 2013 Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Falstaff 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Futo Helianthus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013  Front Label
    Futo Helianthus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Ontogeny 2013 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Ontogeny 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2013 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Legacy Red 2013 Front Label
    Legacy Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • White Rock Vineyards Claret 2013 Front Label
    White Rock Vineyards Claret 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2013 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2013 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2013 Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard EE 2013 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard EE 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Absurd 2013  Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Absurd 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID  2013  Front Label
    OVID 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Celani Vineyards Tenacious 2013 Front Label
    Celani Vineyards Tenacious 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2013 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2013 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Au Paradis 2013 Front Label
    Peter Michael Au Paradis 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kongsgaard The Fimasaurus 2013 Front Label
    Kongsgaard The Fimasaurus 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2013 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS91
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