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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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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Radio-Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Radio-Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Fogdog Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Fogdog Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009 Front Label
    Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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