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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 2008  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2008 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2008 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • World's End Wavelength 2008 Front Label
    World's End Wavelength 2008
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Benziger Tribute 2008 Front Label
    Benziger Tribute 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    • WE94
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  • The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 2008 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Conn Creek Anthology (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • TP95
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS95
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    • WE92
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