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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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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - scuffed labels) 2001  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - scuffed labels) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001  Front Label
    Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001  Front Label
    Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001  Front Label
    Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Wrinkled Label) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - signed) 2001  Front Label
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - signed) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Monitor Ledge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2001 Front Label
    Duckhorn Monitor Ledge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S93
    • D92
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Signature on Label) 2001  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - Signature on Label) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • WE97
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader MX Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Schrader MX Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Caymus Special Selection (1.5L Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection (1.5L Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
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