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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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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Opus One (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
    Opus One (stained labels) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1995 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Bottle Shot
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS92
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE94
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS92
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS97
    • RP90
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS90
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
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  • La Jota 14th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    La Jota 14th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
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  • Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
    Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS95
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP90
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE95
    • WS92
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (Stained Label) 1995 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (Stained Label) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP90
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  • Beringer Tre Colline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Beringer Tre Colline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
    • RP90
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1995 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP90
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS92
    4.4 9 Ratings
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