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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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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WW100
    • JS100
    4.5 25 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
    • WW94
    • JS94
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • JD92
    4.4 8 Ratings
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  • Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.1 35 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • V95
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • WW93
    • WE93
    • JD92
    4.6 15 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • WS90
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  • Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • WS93
    3.7 5 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • WS91
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  • Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • WS92
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  • Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • WS92
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  • Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • WS91
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  • Nickel & Nickel Dogleg Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Dogleg Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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