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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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  • Dancing Hares Red 2013 Front Label
    Dancing Hares Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2013 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Front Label
    Turnbull Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2013 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2013 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WS93
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  • Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013  Front Label
    Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS96
    • V96
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS93
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2013 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • V97
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  • Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE92
    • RP91
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2013 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
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  • Futo Helianthus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013  Front Label
    Futo Helianthus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Gemstone Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Gemstone Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Legacy Red 2013 Front Label
    Legacy Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
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  • Chanin Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Chanin Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • RP91
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  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2013 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2013
    Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP91
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  • LUTUM Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    LUTUM Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • WE93
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  • Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS98
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  • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS92
    • CG91
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  • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
    • RP98
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  • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP96
    • WS92
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  • Kosta Browne Giusti Ranch Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Giusti Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
    • WS92
    • CG90
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  • Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • WS92
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  • Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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