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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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  • Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
    Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
      Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Viader Proprietary Red 2004  Front Label
      Viader Proprietary Red 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Cline Los Carneros Syrah 2004 Front Label
        Cline Los Carneros Syrah 2004
        Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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        • Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2004  Front Label
          Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Luna Vineyards Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004  Front Label
            Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2004 Front Label
              Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2004
              Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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              • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004 Front Label
                Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004
                Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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              • Cline Red Truck 2004 Front Label
                Cline Red Truck 2004
                Other Red Blends from California
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                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2004 Front Label
                    Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2004
                    Carignan from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Cline Small Berry Mourvedre 2004 Front Label
                      Cline Small Berry Mourvedre 2004
                      Mourvedre from California
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                      • Laurel Glen REDS 2004 Front Label
                        Laurel Glen REDS 2004
                        Other Red Blends from California
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                        • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
                          Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                          Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2004
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2004 Front Label
                          Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2004
                          Mourvedre from California
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                        • Cline Bridgehead Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                          Cline Bridgehead Zinfandel 2004
                          Zinfandel from California
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                          • Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2004 Front Label
                            Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2004
                            Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Benziger Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                              Benziger Pinot Noir 2004
                              Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Cline Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                Cline Zinfandel 2004
                                Zinfandel from California
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                                • Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                  Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
                                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Cline Syrah 2004 Front Label
                                    Cline Syrah 2004
                                    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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                                    • Benziger Syrah 2004 Front Label
                                      Benziger Syrah 2004
                                      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                                        Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                                        Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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