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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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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  • Caymus Special Selection (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - loose capsules) 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - loose capsules) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Clement Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    St. Clement Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5L Magnum) 1995
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1995  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ferrari-Carano Siena (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano Siena (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • S. Anderson Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1995 Front Label
    S. Anderson Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - cracked wax capsule) 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - cracked wax capsule) 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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