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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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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer TD-9 2018  Front Label
    Shafer TD-9 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Orin Swift Cellars Papillon 2018  Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars Papillon 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • CG92
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  • Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
    • TP93
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WS93
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  • Darioush Caravan Red 2018  Front Label
    Darioush Caravan Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WS90
    4.3 15 Ratings
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
    • WS92
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  • Girard Artistry 2018  Front Label
    Girard Artistry 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
    Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chimney Rock Elevage Red 2018  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Elevage Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • JD93
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  • Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018  Front Label
    Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
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  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2018 Front Label
    Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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    • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018  Front Label
      Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Trefethen Dragon's Tooth Red Blend 2018  Front Label
        Trefethen Dragon's Tooth Red Blend 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • JS94
        • JD91
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      • Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2018  Front Label
        Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red Blend 2018  Front Label
          Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red Blend 2018
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Jada Vineyard Jack of Hearts 2018  Front Label
            Jada Vineyard Jack of Hearts 2018
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • JD96
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          • Neyers Left Bank Red 2018  Front Label
            Neyers Left Bank Red 2018
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • David Arthur Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
              David Arthur Proprietary Red 2018
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Taken Wine Company Napa Valley Red Blend 2018  Front Label
              Taken Wine Company Napa Valley Red Blend 2018
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • JS91
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