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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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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2010 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2010  Front Bottle Shot
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS96
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  • Harlan Estate 2010 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP98
    • WS96
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  • Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS92
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  • Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS95
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  • Promontory  2010 Front Label
    Promontory 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS98
    • WS95
    • WE95
    • CG93
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS92
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WS95
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  • Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
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  • Dominus Estate 2010 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS99
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2010  Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP98
    • WS94
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • RP95
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    • CG94
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  • Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Front Label
    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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    • WE94
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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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    • RP92
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  • Bond Vecina 2010  Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
    • WS93
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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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    • JS94
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  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Grenache 2010 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Grenache 2010
    Grenache from California
    • RP98
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