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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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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Geyserville 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville 2008
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  • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2008
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  • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2008 Front Label
    Chalk Hill Estate Red 2008
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008 Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • JS94
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  • Ridge Lytton Springs (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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  • Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heirloom 2008 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heirloom 2008
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  • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 2008  Front Label
    Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 2008
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2008 Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2008
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • L'Aventure Optimus 2008 Front Label
    L'Aventure Optimus 2008
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  • Ridge Geyserville (3 Liter Bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
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  • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2008  Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2008
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    • RP93
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2008
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    • RP90
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    • RP94
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