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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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  • Harlan Estate 2011 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2011 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2011 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Retro Cellars Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
    Retro Cellars Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
    Retro Cellars Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2011 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2011 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2011 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2011 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Alpha Omega Era 2011 Front Label
    Alpha Omega Era 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2011 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Altagracia 2011 Front Label
    Araujo Altagracia 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kata Becksotffer Bourn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Kata Becksotffer Bourn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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