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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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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP93
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  • Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019  Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • WW91
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • RP98
    • WS96
    • CG94
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  • Crown Point Relevant Red 2018  Front Label
    Crown Point Relevant Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD90
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  • Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW90
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • SJ98
    • WW95
    • RP94
    • W&S91
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  • Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
    • TP93
    • WW91
    • WS90
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE93
    • WW91
    4.4 15 Ratings
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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    • WW92
    • JD91
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  • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2016  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner  2017  Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
    • CG90
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Decoy Red 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Red 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
    • WW89
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  • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2017  Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
    • WW89
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  • St. Supery Elu 2015  Front Label
    St. Supery Elu 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS94
    • D94
    • WW94
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  • Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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    • JD91
    • WS90
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2016  Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE97
    • JD97
    • RP95
    • WW94
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