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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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  • Seam Barnum Vineyard Barbera 2013 Front Label
    Seam Barnum Vineyard Barbera 2013
    Barbera from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Le P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah 2013 Front Label
    Le P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah 2013
    Petite Sirah from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Saintsbury Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Saintsbury Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2013 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Symposium Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Symposium Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pestoni Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Pestoni Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Stemmler Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Robert Stemmler Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2013 Front Label
    Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
    4.1 21 Ratings
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  • Bonaccorsi Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Bonaccorsi Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • RP93
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  • Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • WW91
    4.1 6 Ratings
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  • Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013 Front Label
    Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Mendocino, California
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  • DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2013 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW95
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  • Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Le P'tit Paysan La Marea Grenache 2013 Front Label
    Le P'tit Paysan La Marea Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Central Coast, California
    • WW90
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  • Romililly Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Romililly Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Xtant Napa Red 2013 Front Label
    Xtant Napa Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2013 Front Label
    Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • WE95
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    4.1 12 Ratings
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