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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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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD90
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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • D91
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG90
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD91
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  • Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JD92
    • JS91
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  • Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • JS92
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  • Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS91
    4.3 80 Ratings
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  • TOR Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    TOR Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • WW91
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • JD100
    • JS100
    • RP99
    • WS97
    4.2 14 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer TD-9 2018  Front Label
    Shafer TD-9 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS90
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  • Leviathan  2018  Front Label
    Leviathan 2018
    Other Red Blends from California
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    • V92
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  • Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • JD92
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • JD94
    • RP93
    • WS93
    • JS92
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • JS97
    • CG92
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • JD92
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