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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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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
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  • Westwood Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Westwood Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
    • TP91
    • WE90
    3.8 246 Ratings
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • WS90
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  • Neyers Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Neyers Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Cinema Red Blend 2017 Front Label
    Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Cinema Red Blend 2017
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Ancient Peaks Pearl Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Ancient Peaks Pearl Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • WW93
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      • Camp Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        Camp Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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        • Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
          • WE90
          4.2 6 Ratings
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        • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
          • WW93
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        • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • WW94
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          • WS92
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        • Merryvale Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Merryvale Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • WE90
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        • Rowen Red Wine 2017  Front Label
          Rowen Red Wine 2017
          Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
          • WE90
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        • Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
          • JS92
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        • Folie a Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Folie a Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • JS92
          3.5 21 Ratings
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        • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
          Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • TP94
          • WE93
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          4.6 12 Ratings
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        • Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2017  Front Label
          Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • V93
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        • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • WW92
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        • Moniker Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Moniker Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
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          4.0 21 Ratings
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        • Charles Woodson's Intercept Red Blend 2017  Front Label
          Charles Woodson's Intercept Red Blend 2017
          Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • WW90
          3.9 79 Ratings
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        • Criss Cross Petite Sirah 2017  Front Label
          Criss Cross Petite Sirah 2017
          Petite Sirah from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
          • WE89
          0.0 0 Ratings
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