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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 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Hahn Founder's Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Hahn Founder's Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • V90
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  • Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir (375ML Half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir (375ML Half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • WE90
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD92
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • JD100
    • JS99
    • RP98
    • V97
    • CG94
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • WW93
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
    • V93
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    • RP90
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  • Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP97
    • V96
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • CG96
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    • RP95
    • WS94
    • V93
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • CG93
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    • RP91
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