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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Bacio Divino Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999  Front Label
    Bacio Divino Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - loose foil capsule) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999  Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE96
    • WS95
    • RP92
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
    • W&S90
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Etched 3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Etched 3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 1999  Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP90
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