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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
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  • Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Seghesio Venom Sangiovese 2001 Front Label
    Seghesio Venom Sangiovese 2001
    Sangiovese from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
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  • Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2001
    Rhone Red Blends from York Mountain, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
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  • Bond Vecina 2001 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE96
    • WS94
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  • Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
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  • Copain Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Copain Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
    • WE93
    • RP90
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  • Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Beringer Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WE92
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • RP94
    • WS90
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  • Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE90
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