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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    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
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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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    • RP91
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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012 Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
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    • WW93
    4.4 5 Ratings
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Girard Artistry 2018  Front Label
    Girard Artistry 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Justin Justification 2016  Front Label
    Justin Justification 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
    4.7 21 Ratings
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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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  • Trinchero Forte Red Blend 2014  Front Label
    Trinchero Forte Red Blend 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
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  • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WE90
    • WW90
    4.5 19 Ratings
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  • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015  Front Label
    Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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    • WS92
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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
    • WE93
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    • WS90
    4.2 12 Ratings
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  • Hamel Isthmus 2017  Front Label
    Hamel Isthmus 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
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  • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016  Front Label
    San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE93
    4.3 34 Ratings
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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
    4.6 12 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2016  Front Label
    J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
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  • Calluna Estate Red 2014  Front Label
    Calluna Estate Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • WE95
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    • RP90
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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
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  • Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • WS92
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  • Stewart Tartan Red 2018  Front Label
    Stewart Tartan Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
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