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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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  • Harlan Estate 2003 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003 Front Bottle Shot
    Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2003 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2003 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2003
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jarvis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Jarvis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2003 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2003
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Carlisle Three Birds Red 2003 Front Label
    Carlisle Three Birds Red 2003
    Other Red Blends from California
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  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Corte Riva Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Corte Riva Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pax Castelli Knight Ranch Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Pax Castelli Knight Ranch Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pax The Terraces Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Pax The Terraces Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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  • Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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