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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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  • Verite La Muse 2014 Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond Quella 2014  Front Label
    Bond Quella 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead LMV Salon 2014  Front Label
    Larkmead LMV Salon 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Orin Swift Cellars Papillon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars Papillon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2014 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2014 Front Label
    Continuum 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S90
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  • St. Francis Claret 2014 Front Label
    St. Francis Claret 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2014 Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2014 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2014 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2014  Front Label
    Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP97
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • W&S90
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2014 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2014 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • WS95
    • RP94
    • D94
    • WW93
    4.5 50 Ratings
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  • Harlan Estate 2014 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
    5.0 6 Ratings
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2014 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS92
    4.1 14 Ratings
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  • Calluna Estate Red 2014  Front Label
    Calluna Estate Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • RP90
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  • Justin Isosceles 2014 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    4.6 61 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2014 Front Label
    J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Orin Swift Cellars Papillon 2014 Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars Papillon 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS90
    4.5 77 Ratings
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  • Miner Family The Oracle 2014 Front Label
    Miner Family The Oracle 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2014  Front Label
    Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • RP96
    • D93
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  • Justin Isosceles (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WS93
    • WE93
    • WW90
    4.2 5 Ratings
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  • Neyers Left Bank Red 2014 Front Label
    Neyers Left Bank Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $31.99
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