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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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  • Opus One  2002 Front Label
    Opus One 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
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    • CG93
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG91
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  • Verite La Joie 2002 Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • WS90
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  • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2002 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
    • RP100
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS96
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE95
    • CG95
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP90
    4.8 12 Ratings
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
    • WE97
    • W&S95
    • CG93
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WS96
    • RP95
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WW97
    • WS96
    • W&S93
    • WE92
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Harlan Estate 2002 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS99
    • WE99
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE96
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2002  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • W&S94
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2002 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2002  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WS94
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