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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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  • Harlan Estate 2010 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2010 Front Label
    Opus One 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2010  Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2010  Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2010 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2010 Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2010 Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stonestreet Rockfall Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Stonestreet Rockfall Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2010 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS99
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    • WS92
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  • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2010 Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2010
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • World's End Good Times Bad Times Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    World's End Good Times Bad Times Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Turnbull Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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