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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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  • The Withers Counoise 2016  Front Label
    The Withers Counoise 2016
    Other Red Wine from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Broc Cellars Eaglepoint Ranch Counoise 2016 Front Label
      Broc Cellars Eaglepoint Ranch Counoise 2016
      Other Red Wine from Mendocino, California
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    • Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro Alvarelhao 2016 Front Label
      Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro Alvarelhao 2016
      Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
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      • Celani Vineyards Robusto 2016 Front Label
        Celani Vineyards Robusto 2016
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        • Verdad Graciano Ibarra-Young Vineyard 2016  Front Label
          Verdad Graciano Ibarra-Young Vineyard 2016
          Other Red Wine from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Kivelstadt Cellars Native Son Charbono 2016 Front Label
          Kivelstadt Cellars Native Son Charbono 2016
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          • Turley Casa Nuestra 2016  Front Label
            Turley Casa Nuestra 2016
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            • The Third Twin Graciano (Sine Qua Non) 2016  Front Label
              The Third Twin Graciano (Sine Qua Non) 2016
              Other Red Wine from Central Coast, California
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            • Clos Solene Harmonie Red 2016 Front Label
              Clos Solene Harmonie Red 2016
              Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Jarvis Tomei Coloma Mother Lode 2016  Front Label
                Jarvis Tomei Coloma Mother Lode 2016
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                • Outre Wines Vista Luna Vineyard Graciano 2016  Front Label
                  Outre Wines Vista Luna Vineyard Graciano 2016
                  Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
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                  • The Spice & Jam Trading Co. Bold Red Wine 2016  Front Label
                    The Spice & Jam Trading Co. Bold Red Wine 2016
                    Other Red Wine from California
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                    • The Cellar Cru American Red 2016  Front Label
                      The Cellar Cru American Red 2016
                      Other Red Wine from California
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                      • Tribunal North Coast Red 2016  Front Label
                        Tribunal North Coast Red 2016
                        Other Red Wine from North Coast, California
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                        • Radius Eclipse 2016 Front Label
                          Radius Eclipse 2016
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                          • Clos Saron A Pleasant Peasant Carignan 2016
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                            • Bixby Creek Bridge Napa Valley Red 2016  Front Label
                              Bixby Creek Bridge Napa Valley Red 2016
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                              • Baron Herzog Black Muscat 2016  Front Label
                                Baron Herzog Black Muscat 2016
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                                • Amplify Wines Camp 4 Vineyard Carignane 2016 Front Label
                                  Amplify Wines Camp 4 Vineyard Carignane 2016
                                  Other Red Wine from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                  • Broc Cellars 'Carbonic' Carignan 2016 Front Label
                                    Broc Cellars 'Carbonic' Carignan 2016
                                    Other Red Wine from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                    • Color Wash Bold Red Wine Blend 2016  Front Label
                                      Color Wash Bold Red Wine Blend 2016
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                                      • Keep David Girard Vineyard Counoise 2016  Front Label
                                        Keep David Girard Vineyard Counoise 2016
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                                        • Coturri Testa Vineyards Carignan 2016 Front Label
                                          Coturri Testa Vineyards Carignan 2016
                                          Other Red Wine from Mendocino, California
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                                          • Turley Bechtoldt Vineyard Cinsault 2016  Front Label
                                            Turley Bechtoldt Vineyard Cinsault 2016
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                                            • Happy Canyon Vineyards Chieftain Lots BDX 2016  Front Label
                                              Happy Canyon Vineyards Chieftain Lots BDX 2016
                                              Other Red Wine from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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