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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 2012 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Vine Hill VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Vine Hill VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead LMV Salon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead LMV Salon 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Michel Rolland MR 2012 Front Label
    Michel Rolland MR 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2012 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2012 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Altagracia 2012 Front Label
    Araujo Altagracia 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Dana Estates Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2012  Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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