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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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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
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    • WS93
    • W&S92
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  • Hamel Family Ranch Red Wine 2012  Front Label
    Hamel Family Ranch Red Wine 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012 Front Label
      Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • JS97
      • RP96
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    • Ridge Monte Bello 2012 Front Label
      Ridge Monte Bello 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • CG92
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    • Dominus Estate 2012 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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      • JS98
      • WE95
      • WW95
      • WS94
      • W&S94
      4.6 33 Ratings
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    • Continuum  2012 Front Label
      Continuum 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • WS94
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    • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012 Front Label
      Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
      • RP96
      • JS94
      • WS93
      4.7 5 Ratings
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    • Donati Family Vineyards The Immigrant 2012 Front Label
      Donati Family Vineyards The Immigrant 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paicines, Central Coast, California
      • TP92
      • WE90
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    • Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2012 Front Label
      Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paicines, Central Coast, California
      • WE91
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2012 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
      • RP98
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    • Harlan Estate 2012 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • RP99
      • JS98
      • WS93
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    • Bond Vecina 2012 Front Label
      Bond Vecina 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP100
      • WS95
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    • Realm Cellars The Tempest 2012 Front Label
      Realm Cellars The Tempest 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP96
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    • Larkmead LMV Salon 2012 Front Label
      Larkmead LMV Salon 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • JS95
      • RP94
      • WS93
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    • Sloan Asterisk Proprietary Red Blend 2012 Front Label
      Sloan Asterisk Proprietary Red Blend 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Bond St. Eden 2012 Front Label
      Bond St. Eden 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • WS93
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    • Double Eagle Red 2012 Front Label
      Double Eagle Red 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • WE92
      • JS90
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    • Duckhorn The Discussion 2012 Front Label
      Duckhorn The Discussion 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • WW93
      • JS92
      • WS91
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    • Opus One  2012  Front Label
      Opus One 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • JS97
      • RP96
      • D94
      • WS93
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    • Bond Quella 2012 Front Label
      Bond Quella 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2012 Front Label
      Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Bond Pluribus 2012 Front Label
      Bond Pluribus 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP95
      • WS92
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    • OVID (bin soiled label) 2012 Front Label
      OVID (bin soiled label) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • V95
      • RP94
      • WS93
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    • Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
      Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
      • RP96
      • JS93
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