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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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  • Jeff Runquist R Touriga 2012 Front Label
    Jeff Runquist R Touriga 2012
    Other Red Wine from Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Lone Madrone Barfandel 2012 Front Label
      Lone Madrone Barfandel 2012
      Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Tobin James Chateau Le Cacheflo Red Wine 2012 Front Label
        Tobin James Chateau Le Cacheflo Red Wine 2012
        Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Duxoup Charbono 2012 Front Label
          Duxoup Charbono 2012
          Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
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          • J. McClelland Charbono 2012  Front Label
            J. McClelland Charbono 2012
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            • Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Old Vine Cabernet Pfeffer 2012 Front Label
              Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Old Vine Cabernet Pfeffer 2012
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              • Foley Johnson Petit Verdot 2012 Front Label
                Foley Johnson Petit Verdot 2012
                Other Red Wine from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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                • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2012 Front Label
                  Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2012
                  Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
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                  • David Coffaro Estate Vineyard Carignan 2012 Front Label
                    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard Carignan 2012
                    Other Red Wine from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Liparita Enlace Pure Napa Valley Red Wine 2012  Front Label
                      Liparita Enlace Pure Napa Valley Red Wine 2012
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                      • Huber Estate Hafen Dornfelder 2012 Front Label
                        Huber Estate Hafen Dornfelder 2012
                        Other Red Wine from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                        • Labyrinth Wine Cellars Haka Petit Verdot 2012  Front Label
                          Labyrinth Wine Cellars Haka Petit Verdot 2012
                          Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                          • Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2012 Front Label
                            Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2012
                            Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Barr Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012 Front Label
                              Barr Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012
                              Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                              • Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2012 Front Label
                                Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2012
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                                • Tobin James James Gang Reserve Petite Verdot 2012  Front Label
                                  Tobin James James Gang Reserve Petite Verdot 2012
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                                  • Graziano Carignane 2012 Front Label
                                    Graziano Carignane 2012
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                                    • Rhiannon Napa Valley Red 2012  Front Label
                                      Rhiannon Napa Valley Red 2012
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                                      • Cambiata Winery Dornfelder 2012 Front Label
                                        Cambiata Winery Dornfelder 2012
                                        Other Red Wine from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Ambyth Estate Counoise 2012 Front Label
                                          Ambyth Estate Counoise 2012
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                                          • Bouchaine Pinot Meunier 2012 Front Label
                                            Bouchaine Pinot Meunier 2012
                                            Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
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                                            • Lioco Indica Carignan 2012 Front Label
                                              Lioco Indica Carignan 2012
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                                              • Summers Estate Napa Valley Charbono 2012 Front Label
                                                Summers Estate Napa Valley Charbono 2012
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                                                • Kukkula Lothario 2012 Front Label
                                                  Kukkula Lothario 2012
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                                                  • RiverStar Vineyards Estrella Brilliante 2012  Front Label
                                                    RiverStar Vineyards Estrella Brilliante 2012
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