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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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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 1994 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - bin soiled label) 1994 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - bin soiled label) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1994  Front Label
    Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Morisoli Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Morisoli Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1994  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1994 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L magnum) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1994 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • La Jota 13th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1994 Front Label
    La Jota 13th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • S. Anderson Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1994 Front Label
    S. Anderson Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • RP92
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum - loose capsule) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum - loose capsule) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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