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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 2016 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Verite Le Desir 2016  Front Label
    Verite Le Desir 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Verite La Muse 2016 Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Continuum  2016 Front Label
    Continuum 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle The Flight 2016  Front Label
    Screaming Eagle The Flight 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2016  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID  2016  Front Label
    OVID 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Screaming Eagle The Flight (3 bottles in OWC) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Diane Cobb Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Diane Cobb Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cobb Wines Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Cobb Wines Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Opus One  2016 Front Label
    Opus One 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Verite La Joie 2016  Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cobb Wines Jack Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Cobb Wines Jack Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cobb Wines Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Cobb Wines Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS96
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    • W&S92
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