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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 2003  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2003 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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    • CG90
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
    • CG91
    • W&S90
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  • Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • W&S90
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2003  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • W&S92
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE92
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  • HdV Red 2003 Front Label
    HdV Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Carneros, California
    • W&S94
    • CG92
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2003 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
    • W&S91
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  • Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S93
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
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    • WS92
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  • Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S91
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 2003 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP94
    • W&S92
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2003 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
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  • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
    • RP92
    • W&S90
    • WS90
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP94
    • W&S92
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