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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 2011 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2011 Front Label
    Opus One 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2011 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2011 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2011 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011  Front Label
    Lokoya Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2011 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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