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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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  • Cliff Lede High Fidelity 2011  Front Label
    Cliff Lede High Fidelity 2011
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (chipped wax capsules) 2011 Front Label
      Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (chipped wax capsules) 2011
      Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Jonata Todos Proprietary Red Wine (torn label) 2011 Front Label
      Jonata Todos Proprietary Red Wine (torn label) 2011
      Other Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Gamble Family Vineyards Heritage Sites Red 2011 Front Label
      Gamble Family Vineyards Heritage Sites Red 2011
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      • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
        Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
        Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2011 Front Label
        Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2011
        Other Red Blends from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • McEvoy Ranch Red Piano 2011 Front Label
          McEvoy Ranch Red Piano 2011
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        • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2011  Front Label
          Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2011
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          • Alpha Omega Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2011 Front Label
            Alpha Omega Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2011
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            • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2011  Front Label
              Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2011
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              • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2011 Front Label
                Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2011
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              • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2011  Front Label
                Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2011
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                • Hendry Red Wine 2011 Front Label
                  Hendry Red Wine 2011
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                  • Fantesca All Great Things Red 2011 Front Label
                    Fantesca All Great Things Red 2011
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                    • Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2011 Front Label
                      Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2011
                      Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • Buccella Mixed Blacks 2011  Front Label
                      Buccella Mixed Blacks 2011
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                      • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 2011 Front Label
                        Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 2011
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                      • Gallica Suzuri Shake Ridge Ranch Red 2011 Front Label
                        Gallica Suzuri Shake Ridge Ranch Red 2011
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                      • Kobalt Wines Window Pane 2011 Front Label
                        Kobalt Wines Window Pane 2011
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                        • Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2011 Front Label
                          Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2011
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                          • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
                            Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
                            Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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