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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1995 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Opus One (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
    Opus One (stained labels) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 1995 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (bin soiled label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (bin soiled label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 1995 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bernardus Marinus Estate 1995 Front Label
    Bernardus Marinus Estate 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995  Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995 Front Label
      Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1995 Front Label
      Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
      Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained lablel) 1995 Front Bottle Shot
      Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained lablel) 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Sonoma Creek Meritage Sonoma Valley 1995 Front Label
      Sonoma Creek Meritage Sonoma Valley 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Cosentino The Poet Red Meritage 1995 Front Label
        Cosentino The Poet Red Meritage 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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        • St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
          St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 1995 Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Tresor 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1995  Front Label
            Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Dominus Estate 1995 Front Label
            Dominus Estate 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Viader Proprietary Red 1995  Front Label
            Viader Proprietary Red 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1995 Front Label
              Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1995
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Moraga Estate Estate Red 1995 Front Label
              Moraga Estate Estate Red 1995
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Los Angeles, California
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              • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 1995 Front Label
                Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 1995
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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