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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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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2013 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE93
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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE98
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  • Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • WE90
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WE91
    • W&S90
    4.5 26 Ratings
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW96
    • WE94
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE96
    • W&S91
    • RP90
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  • Darioush Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Front Label
    Darioush Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE92
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  • LUTUM Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    LUTUM Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • WE93
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  • Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
    • WW93
    • CG93
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  • Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE95
    • RP92
    • WS92
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    • WE93
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  • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE96
    • CG90
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  • Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
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  • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • CG95
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE94
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
    • CG91
    • WE90
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE95
    • WS93
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  • Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
    • RP91
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  • Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS93
    • WE92
    • RP91
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