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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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  • OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • WS94
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP98
    • WS96
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  • Saxum Broken Stones (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS99
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • RP95
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    • CG94
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS99
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Leviathan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Leviathan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Other Red Blends from California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
    • WW92
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (3L Dbl Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (3L Dbl Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • W&S94
    • WS91
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • W&S94
    • WS91
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  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS90
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WS93
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  • Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010  Front Label
    Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WS93
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  • Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) OWC 2010  Front Label
    Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) OWC 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS97
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  • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • JS97
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • WS93
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP96
    • WS94
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  • Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • JS95
    • WS93
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  • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WS95
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • RP96
    • JS96
    • WS92
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  • Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
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