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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Duckhorn The Discussion 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Justin Isosceles (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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