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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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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2002  Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2002 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Hayne Petite Syrah 2002
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2002
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2002  Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
      Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Bottle Shot
        Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Calix Parmalee Hill Vineyard Syrah 2002 Front Label
        Calix Parmalee Hill Vineyard Syrah 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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        • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
          Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • David Arthur Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
          David Arthur Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • David Arthur Meritaggio 2002 Front Label
            David Arthur Meritaggio 2002
            Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
              Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002 Front Label
              Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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