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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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  • Addax Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Addax Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keever Vineyards and Winery Inspirado Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Keever Vineyards and Winery Inspirado Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • White Rock Vineyards Claret 2017  Front Label
    White Rock Vineyards Claret 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2017  Front Label
      Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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    • Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017  Front Label
      Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Hamel Isthmus 2017  Front Label
        Hamel Isthmus 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Justin Justification 2017  Front Label
        Justin Justification 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
        San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Ramey Claret 2017  Front Label
        Ramey Claret 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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      • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017  Front Label
        Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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      • Hendry Red Wine 2017  Front Label
        Hendry Red Wine 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Secret Indulgence Secret Red 2017  Front Label
        Secret Indulgence Secret Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
          Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Pellet Estate Henry's Reserve 2017  Front Label
          Pellet Estate Henry's Reserve 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Tuck Beckstoffer Estate Amulet Red 2017  Front Label
          Tuck Beckstoffer Estate Amulet Red 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Palazzo Left Bank Red Wine 2017  Front Label
            Palazzo Left Bank Red Wine 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Wine Spots Cuvee 38 2017  Front Label
            Wine Spots Cuvee 38 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017  Front Label
              Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2017  Front Label
              Keenan Mernet Reserve 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Verite Le Desir 2017  Front Label
              Verite Le Desir 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2017  Front Label
              Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Paicines, Central Coast, California
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              • Bond St. Eden 2017  Front Label
                Bond St. Eden 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Bond Quella 2017  Front Label
                Bond Quella 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Inglenook Rubicon 2017  Front Label
                Inglenook Rubicon 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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              • Newton The Puzzle 2017  Front Label
                Newton The Puzzle 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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