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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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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter-chipped wax cap) 2004  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter-chipped wax cap) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • RP91
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    • WE90
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  • Robert Mondavi Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • W&S91
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WS95
    • RP92
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    • RP92
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS94
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  • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - signed) 2004  Front Label
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - signed) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS96
    • WE91
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  • Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE96
    • WS93
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • W&S95
    • WS94
    • CG93
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  • Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
    • WE94
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE100
    • RP99
    • V96
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS93
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