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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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  • 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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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, 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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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.4 57 Ratings
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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
    4.2 111 Ratings
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  • Alejandro Bulgheroni Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Alejandro Bulgheroni Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • V94
    4.1 48 Ratings
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  • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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
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    4.4 33 Ratings
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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
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  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.2 47 Ratings
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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
    4.2 23 Ratings
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  • Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    4.2 9 Ratings
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    4.5 6 Ratings
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  • DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2018  Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP97
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    4.8 6 Ratings
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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
    • JS92
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    • WS90
    • JD90
    4.1 38 Ratings
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2018  Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2018
    Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • D94
    4.4 11 Ratings
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  • Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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