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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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  • Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from California
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    • Stone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
      Stone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
      Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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      • Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • The Rule Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
            The Rule Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
            Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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            • Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
              Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • Etude Lyric Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                Etude Lyric Pinot Noir 2015
                Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
                  Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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                • Stone Cellars Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
                  Stone Cellars Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Humble Pie Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                    Humble Pie Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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                    • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                      Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2015
                      Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                    • Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                      Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2015
                      Pinot Noir from California
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                    • Rickshaw Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                      Rickshaw Pinot Noir 2015
                      Pinot Noir from California
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                      • Cass Winery Mourvedre 2015 Front Label
                        Cass Winery Mourvedre 2015
                        Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                        • La Follette Sangiacomo Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                          La Follette Sangiacomo Pinot Noir 2015
                          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
                            Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2015
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Siduri Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                            Siduri Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
                            Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                          • Scenic Root Winegrowers Forager Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                            Scenic Root Winegrowers Forager Pinot Noir 2015
                            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                            • Siduri Russian River Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                              Siduri Russian River Pinot Noir 2015
                              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                              • WE91
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                            • GEN5 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                              GEN5 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California
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                              • Moobuzz Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2015 Front Label
                                Moobuzz Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2015
                                Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                                • WW90
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                              • Talbott Logan Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                                Talbott Logan Pinot Noir 2015
                                Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                • WW91
                                • RP90
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                              • Scheid Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                                Scheid Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                                Cabernet Sauvignon from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                • Scheid Vineyards Clone Series 667 Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                                  Scheid Vineyards Clone Series 667 Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
                                  Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                  • Butternut Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                                    Butternut Pinot Noir 2015
                                    Pinot Noir from California
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