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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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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mi Sueno Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Mi Sueno Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cervantes Blacktail Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Cervantes Blacktail Red Blend 2017
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD93
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    4.4 18 Ratings
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    4.7 11 Ratings
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  • Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017  Front Label
    Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Kerr Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Kerr Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • WS90
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    • Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2017  Front Label
      Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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      • Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017  Front Label
        Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2017  Front Label
          L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2017
          Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          4.3 10 Ratings
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        • Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
          • WE90
          4.2 6 Ratings
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        • Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Bottle Shot
            Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • WE93
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          • Pence PTG Estate Gamay/Pinot 2017  Front Label
            Pence PTG Estate Gamay/Pinot 2017
            Other Red Blends from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
            • RP90
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          • Ramey Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Ramey Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • WE91
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            3.9 13 Ratings
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          • Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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            • Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
              Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Lioco Sativa Carignan 2017  Front Label
              Lioco Sativa Carignan 2017
              Carignan from Mendocino, California
              • RP90
              4.3 11 Ratings
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