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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2005 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2005  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Vecina 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2005  Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005 Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Futo  2005 Front Label
      Futo 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • OVID Experiment K1.5 2005 Front Label
      OVID Experiment K1.5 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Melka Metisse 2005 Front Label
        Melka Metisse 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2005  Front Label
        Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Dancing Hares  2005 Front Label
          Dancing Hares 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2005 Front Label
          Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • WS90
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        • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2005 Front Label
          Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Jones Family Vineyards The Sisters 2005 Front Label
          Jones Family Vineyards The Sisters 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • Realm Cellars Absurd The Birdwatcher 2005 Front Label
            Realm Cellars Absurd The Birdwatcher 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
            Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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          • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Von Strasser Sori Bricco Vineyard Red 2005 Front Label
              Von Strasser Sori Bricco Vineyard Red 2005
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Bottle Shot
              Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
                Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
                Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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              • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2005 Front Label
                Keenan Mernet Reserve 2005
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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              • Bryant Family DB4 2005 Front Label
                Bryant Family DB4 2005
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Araujo Altagracia 2005 Front Label
                Araujo Altagracia 2005
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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