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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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  • Larkmead Solari Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - signs of past seepage) 2002 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum - signs of past seepage) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • CG92
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS96
    • WE92
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
    • WE97
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  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    • RP92
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  • Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2002  Front Label
    Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2002
    Pinot Noir from Mendocino, California
    • WE95
    • WS92
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
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    • V94
    • CG93
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Corte Riva Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Corte Riva Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP95
    • WS90
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  • Staglin 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Staglin 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WS95
    • RP93
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE96
    • WS95
    • RP94
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  • Amuse Bouche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Amuse Bouche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS92
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS96
    • W&S93
    • WE92
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    • WE93
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    • RP90
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
    • RP96
    • WS93
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