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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  2015  Front Label
    Opus One 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile 2015 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars Moonracer 2015  Front Label
    Realm Cellars Moonracer 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2015  Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Ontogeny 2015 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Ontogeny 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2015 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2015  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    4.1 15 Ratings
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  • Screaming Eagle The Flight 2015  Front Label
    Screaming Eagle The Flight 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Absurd 2015 Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Absurd 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Brand Brio 2015  Front Label
    Brand Brio 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2015  Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2015 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.4 68 Ratings
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  • Verite La Joie 2015  Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond Quella 2015  Front Label
    Bond Quella 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2015 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2015 Front Label
    Continuum 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE96
    4.9 16 Ratings
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  • Futo OV/SL Red 2015  Front Label
    Futo OV/SL Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2015 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.4 9 Ratings
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  • Verite La Muse 2015  Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Capture Innovant Red Wine 2015  Front Label
    Capture Innovant Red Wine 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2015 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.1 46 Ratings
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  • Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard EE 2015 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard EE 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
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    5.0 6 Ratings
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  • Realm Cellars The Tempest 2015 Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Tempest 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.7 92 Ratings
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  • Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red 2015 Front Label
    Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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