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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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  • Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Burt Williams Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Burt Williams Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lexington Gist Ranch Cabernet Franc 2011 Front Label
    Lexington Gist Ranch Cabernet Franc 2011
    Cabernet Franc from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2011 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Lexington Apex Red 2011 Front Label
    Lexington Apex Red 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2011 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • McEvoy Ranch Red Piano 2011 Front Label
    McEvoy Ranch Red Piano 2011
    Other Red Blends from California
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  • Lexington Cabernet Franc 2011 Front Label
    Lexington Cabernet Franc 2011
    Cabernet Franc from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Red Car Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Red Car Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Jonata Todos Proprietary Red Wine (torn label) 2011 Front Label
    Jonata Todos Proprietary Red Wine (torn label) 2011
    Other Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Wind Gap Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Wind Gap Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Armida Poizin Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Armida Poizin Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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