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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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  • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2009  Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2009
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Jonata Todos Proprietary Red Wine 2009 Front Label
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        • Stolpman Vineyards La Croce 2009 Front Label
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          • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2009 Front Label
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          • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2009 Front Label
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          • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
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            • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2009  Front Label
              Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2009
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            • David Arthur Meritaggio 2009 Front Label
              David Arthur Meritaggio 2009
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            • Behrens & Hitchcock The Collector 2009 Front Label
              Behrens & Hitchcock The Collector 2009
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            • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
              Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2009
              Other Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 3 2009 Front Label
              Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 3 2009
              Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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            • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 3 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Bottle Shot
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