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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 2005 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • W&S97
    • RP97
    • CG93
    • WS90
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Harlan Estate 2005 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE97
    • JS96
    • WS94
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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
    Opus One 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D96
    • RP95
    • WS90
    4.5 12 Ratings
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WS94
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS94
    • JS92
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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • RP91
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • RP93
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  • Bond Matriarch 2005 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE98
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Bond Vecina 2005  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Vecina 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE97
    • WS94
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  • Colgin Cariad 2005 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS94
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  • Bond Melbury 2005  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • WS91
    • RP90
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • CG95
    • WS94
    4.1 6 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $119.00
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  • Bond St. Eden 2005  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WS92
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  • Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005 Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Pluribus 2005  Front Label
      Bond Pluribus 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
      • RP98
      • WS92
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    • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2005 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
      • WE92
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    • OVID Experiment K1.5 2005 Front Label
      OVID Experiment K1.5 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
        Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP97
        • WE97
        • JS96
        • WS94
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2005 Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
        • RP96
        • WS92
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      • Sebastiani Secolo Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
        Sebastiani Secolo Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Futo  2005 Front Label
          Futo 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
          • WS96
          • RP95
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          309 97
          309 97
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        • OVID  2005 Front Label
          OVID 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • WS94
          0.0 0 Ratings
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