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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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  • Harlan Estate 2012 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
    • WS92
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2012 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • WS94
    • W&S93
    • CG92
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  • Sine Qua Non Touche Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Touche Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
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  • Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
    • V97
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  • Bond Melbury 2012 Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD100
    • JS96
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • V96
    • JS94
    • WS92
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Cliff Lede Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Morlet Morlet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Morlet Morlet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • WS95
    • RP94
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS100
    • WS97
    4.5 7 Ratings
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • RP96
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WW92
    • WS91
    4.5 16 Ratings
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  • Saxum Broken Stones 2012 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP97
    • WS92
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • RP98
    4.6 5 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (damaged labels) 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (damaged labels) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • D95
    • WS93
    • WE93
    4.6 43 Ratings
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS93
    • WE92
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  • Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2012 Front Label
    Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • JD96
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  • Dominus Estate 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • JS98
    • WE95
    • WW95
    • WS94
    • W&S94
    4.6 33 Ratings
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  • Opus One  2012  Front Label
    Opus One 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • RP96
    • D94
    • WS93
    4.6 41 Ratings
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  • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • CG96
    • RP92
    • WS91
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
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  • Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
    • JS92
    • WE90
    • RP90
    4.4 6 Ratings
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