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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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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2005  Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Corra Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2005 Front Label
    Corra Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Agave Rose Vineyards Jack Quinn Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Agave Rose Vineyards Jack Quinn Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
      Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2005  Front Label
      Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2005
      Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
      Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Harlan The Maiden 2005 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005 Front Label
      Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005 Front Label
      Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Bond Vecina 2005  Front Bottle Shot
      Bond Vecina 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth 2005 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth 2005
      Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-2d Grenache (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-2d Grenache (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Grenache from California
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      • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
        Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
        Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2005
        Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1b Syrah 2005 Front Label
        Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1b Syrah 2005
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005 Front Label
        Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
        Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
        Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2005 Front Label
        Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2005
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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