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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 2002  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
    Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 2002 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2002 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE98
    • W&S96
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG91
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
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  • Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Quintessa  2002 Front Label
    Quintessa 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 L) 2002 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 L) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
    • WE97
    • W&S95
    • V94
    • CG93
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2002 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
    • CG92
    • W&S90
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS96
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
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    • CG93
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