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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 (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Larkmead Solari Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S93
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  • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2003  Front Label
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 2003 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • W&S92
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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    • WE95
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select (3 Liter - signs of past seepage, cracked wax capsule) 2003  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select (3 Liter - signs of past seepage, cracked wax capsule) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE96
    • RP94
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - autographed) 2003 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - autographed) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter- autographed) 2003 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter- autographed) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 2003  Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • V94
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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