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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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  • Parador Hossfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Parador Hossfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 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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  • Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • William Harrison Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    William Harrison Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bonaccorsi Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Bonaccorsi Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WW94
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  • Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Parador Reserva Red 2012  Front Label
    Parador Reserva Red 2012
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Laird Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Laird Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Parador Stagecoach Vineyard Reserva Tempranillo 2012  Front Label
    Parador Stagecoach Vineyard Reserva Tempranillo 2012
    Tempranillo from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Miura Vineyards Williams Ranch Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
    Miura Vineyards Williams Ranch Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    • WW92
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  • DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2012 Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bonaccorsi Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Bonaccorsi Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WW92
    • RP90
    4.3 7 Ratings
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