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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - signed) 2012 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle - signed) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Grenache Stein (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Grenache Stein (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Grenache from Central Coast, California
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
      Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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    • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 6 (1.5 Liter Magnum - Sine Qua Non) 2012 Front Label
      Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 6 (1.5 Liter Magnum - Sine Qua Non) 2012
      Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • W&S90
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    • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
      DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • RP94
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    • Screaming Eagle Second Flight (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012  Front Label
      Screaming Eagle Second Flight (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Sine Qua Non The Writing on the Wall (1.5L OWC & Collector's Edition Art Book Set) 2012 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non The Writing on the Wall (1.5L OWC & Collector's Edition Art Book Set) 2012
      Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
      Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Bottle Shot
      Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Promontory (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Promontory (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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