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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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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2005  Front Label
    DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Red Car Twenty Two Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Red Car Twenty Two Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2005  Front Label
    Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (6 Liter Bottle) 2005  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (6 Liter Bottle) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Neyers Ame Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Neyers Ame Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS90
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