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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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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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    • Larkin Wines Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
      Larkin Wines Cabernet Franc 2003
      Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003
      Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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    • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2003  Front Label
      Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2003
      Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Trefethen Cabernet Franc 2003  Front Label
        Trefethen Cabernet Franc 2003
        Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
          Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Franc 2003
          Cabernet Franc from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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          • McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
            McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Franc 2003
            Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Montelena Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
              Chateau Montelena Cabernet Franc 2003
              Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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              • Cosentino Reserve Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                Cosentino Reserve Cabernet Franc 2003
                Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                • Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                  Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc 2003
                  Cabernet Franc from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                  • ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                    ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003
                    Cabernet Franc from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Cosentino The Franc Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                      Cosentino The Franc Cabernet Franc 2003
                      Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California
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                      • Brice Station Gold Rush Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                        Brice Station Gold Rush Cabernet Franc 2003
                        Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                          La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2003
                          Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                            Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2003
                            Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                              Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2003
                              Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Truchard Estate Cabernet Franc 2003  Front Label
                                Truchard Estate Cabernet Franc 2003
                                Cabernet Franc from Carneros, California
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                                • Lang & Reed Premier Etage Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
                                  Lang & Reed Premier Etage Cabernet Franc 2003
                                  Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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