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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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        • Verite Le Desir 2017  Front Label
          Verite Le Desir 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, 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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        • 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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        • Justin Justification 2017  Front Label
          Justin Justification 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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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        • Ramey Claret 2017  Front Label
          Ramey Claret 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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        • Ziata Mia Madre Red Blend 2017  Front Label
          Ziata Mia Madre Red Blend 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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            • 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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            • Palazzo California  Left Bank Red Wine 2017  Front Label
              Palazzo California 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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              • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2017  Front Label
                Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              • J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2017  Front Label
                J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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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                • Addax Red Wine 2017  Front Label
                  Addax Red Wine 2017
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Palazzo California  Left Bank Red Wine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
                  Palazzo California Left Bank Red Wine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 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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                • 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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                • 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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                  • Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2017  Front Label
                    Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2017
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Carte Blanche The Mark Proprietary Red 2017  Front Label
                    Carte Blanche The Mark Proprietary Red 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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                  • Hamel Isthmus 2017  Front Label
                    Hamel Isthmus 2017
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, 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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