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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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  • Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Maldonado Los Olivos Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Maldonado Los Olivos Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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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 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, 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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  • Flying Goat Cellars Rio Vista Vineyard Clone 2A Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Flying Goat Cellars Rio Vista Vineyard Clone 2A Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, 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 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Epiphany Gypsy 2011 Front Label
    Epiphany Gypsy 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from North 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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  • Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, 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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  • The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bernardus Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Bernardus Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, 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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  • Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2011 Front Label
    McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2011
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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  • Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2011 Front Label
    Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2011 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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