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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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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • DeLoach O.F.S. Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1996 Front Label
    DeLoach O.F.S. Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS90
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS97
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS92
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Hartwell Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Hartwell Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • La Jota 15th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
    La Jota 15th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label, loose capsules) 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label, loose capsules) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WE91
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