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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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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Phifer Pavitt Wine Date Night 2009  Front Label
    Phifer Pavitt Wine Date Night 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2009 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2009 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2009 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2009 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2009 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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