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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 Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2017  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Verite La Muse 2017  Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2017  Front Label
    Bond Quella 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • V94
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD91
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