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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2012 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
    4.9 6 Ratings
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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S93
    • JS92
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S90
    3.9 11 Ratings
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rombauer Stice Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Rombauer Stice Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS90
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
    • D93
    4.4 10 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
    • W&S91
    • RP90
    4.3 51 Ratings
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S94
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS98
    • WE95
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    • WS94
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WS90
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