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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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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE98
    • WS96
    • W&S94
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2001
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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    • W&S93
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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  • Paraduxx 2001
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG92
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • W&S92
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  • Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
    Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • W&S90
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2001 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
    • CG93
    • W&S92
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • W&S93
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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  • Quintessa  2001  Front Label
    Quintessa 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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    • W&S93
    • WS91
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE96
    • W&S95
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