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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP100
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    • D100
    • W&S94
    • WS91
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  • Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS98
    • WS96
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2013 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • D99
    • RP97
    • WS93
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (OWC - 1.5L Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (OWC - 1.5L Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS95
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  • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • V94
    • WS92
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  • Orin Swift Cellars Abstract (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars Abstract (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Other Red Blends from California
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    • WS92
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP99
    • WS96
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW98
    • RP97
    • JS93
    • WS92
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  • Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS100
    • RP98
    • WS94
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  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 2013 Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • JS97
    • WS93
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  • Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • RP92
    • WW92
    • WS91
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP99
    • WS97
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • WE95
    • WS93
    • CG92
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  • Saxum Broken Stones (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • D97
    • RP97
    • WS91
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WS93
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  • Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP98
    • WS95
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS100
    • WW100
    • D100
    • WS92
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • WS98
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    • RP95
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  • Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS98
    • WS94
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  • Revana Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013  Front Label
    Revana Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • JS94
    • WS94
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • D94
    • WW93
    • WS90
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • D92
    • WS90
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