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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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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    4.1 10 Ratings
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