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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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  • Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
    Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014
    Petit Verdot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
      Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2014
      Petit Verdot from Lodi, California
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    • Baron Herzog Petit Verdot (OU Kosher) 2014  Front Label
      Baron Herzog Petit Verdot (OU Kosher) 2014
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      • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
        Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2014
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        • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Signature Petit Verdot 2014
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          • Ty Caton Carlton Brooke Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
            Ty Caton Carlton Brooke Petit Verdot 2014
            Petit Verdot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • David Coffaro Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
              David Coffaro Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014
              Petit Verdot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Witch Creek Winery Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
                Witch Creek Winery Petit Verdot 2014
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                • Pine Ridge Petit Verdot 2014
                  Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Clos du Bois Reserve Petit Verdot 2014  Front Label
                    Clos du Bois Reserve Petit Verdot 2014
                    Petit Verdot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Clos Du Val Winemaker's Signature Series Petit Verdot 2014  Front Label
                      Clos Du Val Winemaker's Signature Series Petit Verdot 2014
                      Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2014  Front Label
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