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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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  • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2003 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Ravenswood Icon 2003 Front Label
    Ravenswood Icon 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2003 Front Label
      Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2003
      Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Linne Calodo Slacker 2003 Front Label
      Linne Calodo Slacker 2003
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Joseph Phelps Pastiche Red 2003
        Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Pax Cuvee Moriah  2003 Front Label
          Pax Cuvee Moriah 2003
          Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2003 Front Label
          Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2003
          Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Epiphany Revelation Red 2003 Front Label
          Epiphany Revelation Red 2003
          Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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          • Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2003 Front Label
            Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2003
            Rhone Red Blends from Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Concannon Stampmaker's Syrah 2003 Front Label
              Concannon Stampmaker's Syrah 2003
              Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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              • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2003  Front Label
                L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2003
                Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2003 Front Label
                  Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2003
                  Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                  • Jade Mountain La Provencale 2003 Front Label
                    Jade Mountain La Provencale 2003
                    Rhone Red Blends from California
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                    • Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2003 Front Label
                      Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2003
                      Rhone Red Blends from York Mountain, Central Coast, California
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                    • Wattle Creek The Triple Play 2003 Front Label
                      Wattle Creek The Triple Play 2003
                      Rhone Red Blends from North Coast, California
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                      • Liberty School Syrah 2003 Front Label
                        Liberty School Syrah 2003
                        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                        • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block 2003 Front Label
                          Saxum James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block 2003
                          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                          • Margerum M5 Red 2003 Front Label
                            Margerum M5 Red 2003
                            Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                            • Joseph Phelps Le Mistral 2003  Front Label
                              Joseph Phelps Le Mistral 2003
                              Rhone Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                              • Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2003 Front Label
                                Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2003
                                Rhone Red Blends from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                • Foxen Cuvee Jeanne Marie 2003  Front Label
                                  Foxen Cuvee Jeanne Marie 2003
                                  Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                  • Linne Calodo Nemesis Red Blend 2003 Front Label
                                    Linne Calodo Nemesis Red Blend 2003
                                    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                    • Curtis Heritage Cuvee 2003  Front Label
                                      Curtis Heritage Cuvee 2003
                                      Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                      • Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvee 2003  Front Label
                                        Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvee 2003
                                        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Starry Night Winery California Adara 2003  Front Label
                                          Starry Night Winery California Adara 2003
                                          Rhone Red Blends from California
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