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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Justin Isosceles (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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