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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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  • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2011 Front Label
    Quintessa 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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