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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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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS100
    • D99
    • RP97
    • WS93
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2013 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP100
    • WW100
    • D100
    • W&S94
    • WS91
    4.9 7 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE98
    • WW96
    • TP96
    • JS95
    • W&S95
    • D94
    • WS93
    4.5 91 Ratings
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • D100
    • RP96
    • WS94
    4.4 10 Ratings
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  • Dominus Estate 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS100
    • WW100
    • D100
    • WS92
    4.6 44 Ratings
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  • Opus One  2013 Front Label
    Opus One 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS100
    • RP98
    • D94
    • WS92
    4.4 35 Ratings
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2013 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • RP96
    • D94
    4.5 10 Ratings
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  • Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WS92
    • D92
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  • Signorello Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Signorello Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • D95
    4.7 21 Ratings
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  • Verite Le Desir 2013 Front Label
    Verite Le Desir 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP99
    • D96
    • JS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Quintessa  2013 Front Label
    Quintessa 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP96
    • D94
    4.6 29 Ratings
    Price per bottle
    Currently Unavailable $179.99
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  • Cain Five 2013 Front Label
    Cain Five 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • D96
    • JS95
    4.5 5 Ratings
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  • Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS98
    • D95
    • WS94
    4.4 7 Ratings
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • JS95
    • RP93
    4.2 12 Ratings
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  • Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D95
    • RP92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • D92
    • WS90
    4.5 182 Ratings
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  • Verite La Joie 2013 Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP100
    • JS99
    • D95
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • JS97
    • D94
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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WW98
    • RP95
    • V95
    • WS94
    • D94
    • JS92
    4.3 16 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $204.99
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP98
    • D96
    • WE92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2013 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • D97
    • W&S93
    4.5 27 Ratings
    Price per bottle
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  • Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D99
    • W&S96
    • JS96
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW100
    • RP100
    • W&S100
    • JS96
    • D95
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Front Label
    Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WW94
    • D93
    • JS93
    • WE90
    4.8 14 Ratings
    Price per bottle
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
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  • Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D98
    • RP95
    • JS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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