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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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  • Uvaggio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
    Uvaggio Primitivo 2012
    Primitivo from Lodi, California
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    • Andis Primitivo 2012 Front Label
      Andis Primitivo 2012
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    • Fiddletown Primitivo 2012 Front Label
      Fiddletown Primitivo 2012
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      • Bella Piazza Primitivo 2012 Front Label
        Bella Piazza Primitivo 2012
        Primitivo from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • McNab Ridge Winery Family Reserve Primitivo 2012  Front Label
          McNab Ridge Winery Family Reserve Primitivo 2012
          Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2012 Front Label
            L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2012
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            • Still Waters Vineyards Primitivo 2012 Front Label
              Still Waters Vineyards Primitivo 2012
              Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Witch Creek Winery Heringer Vineyards Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                Witch Creek Winery Heringer Vineyards Primitivo 2012
                Primitivo from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                • AronHill Vineyards Primitivo 2012  Front Label
                  AronHill Vineyards Primitivo 2012
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                  • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                    Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2012
                    Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Ridge Lytton Estate Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                      Ridge Lytton Estate Primitivo 2012
                      Primitivo from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Nello Olivo El Dorado Primitivo 2012  Front Label
                        Nello Olivo El Dorado Primitivo 2012
                        Primitivo from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                          Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2012
                          Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Brutocao Contento Vineyard Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                            Brutocao Contento Vineyard Primitivo 2012
                            Primitivo from Mendocino, California
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                            • Borjon Primitivo Reposado 2012 Front Label
                              Borjon Primitivo Reposado 2012
                              Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                              • Salamandre Wine Cellars Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                Salamandre Wine Cellars Primitivo 2012
                                Primitivo from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                • Purple Cow Vineyards Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                  Purple Cow Vineyards Primitivo 2012
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                                  • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                    Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012
                                    Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                    • Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                      Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2012
                                      Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                      • Mutt Lynch mbf Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                        Mutt Lynch mbf Primitivo 2012
                                        Primitivo from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                        • Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                          Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2012
                                          Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                          • Wattle Creek Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                            Wattle Creek Primitivo 2012
                                            Primitivo from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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                                            • Viansa Winery Reserve Primitivo 2012  Front Label
                                              Viansa Winery Reserve Primitivo 2012
                                              Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                              • Gianelli Vineyards Primitivo 2012  Front Label
                                                Gianelli Vineyards Primitivo 2012
                                                Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                                                • Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2012  Front Label
                                                  Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2012
                                                  Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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