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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!

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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        • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Front Label
          Ridge Monte Bello 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Harlan Estate 2002 Front Label
          Harlan Estate 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
          Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
          Bond St. Eden 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • RP96
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        • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
          Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Harlan The Maiden 2002 Front Label
          Harlan The Maiden 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • WS92
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        • Verite La Muse 2002 Front Label
          Verite La Muse 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Justin Isosceles 2002 Front Label
          Justin Isosceles 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
          Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • RP95
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        • Opus One  2002 Front Label
          Opus One 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Bond Matriarch 2002 Front Label
          Bond Matriarch 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Dominus Estate 2002  Front Label
          Dominus Estate 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • W&S94
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        • Opus One (scuffed label) 2002 Front Label
          Opus One (scuffed label) 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002 Front Label
            Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2002 Front Label
            Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
              Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2002  Front Label
                Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Verite La Joie 2002 Front Label
                Verite La Joie 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2002  Front Label
                Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
                  Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
                  • RP100
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                • Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2002 Front Label
                  Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2002
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (slightly torn foil capsule) 2002 Front Label
                  Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (slightly torn foil capsule) 2002
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Archipel  2002 Front Label
                  Archipel 2002
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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