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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1999  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1999 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1999
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - loose foil capsule) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Etched 3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Etched 3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 1999  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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