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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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    4.5 314 Ratings
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  • Opus One  2018  Front Label
    Opus One 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
    4.6 18 Ratings
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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 33 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD90
    4.4 199 Ratings
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  • Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WW89
    4.1 81 Ratings
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • JD100
    • JS100
    • RP99
    • WS97
    4.2 14 Ratings
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019
    Other Red Blends from California
    • WW93
    4.6 324 Ratings
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  • Meiomi Pinot Noir  Front Label
    Meiomi Pinot Noir
    Pinot Noir from California
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    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • WS93
      • WW92
      4.5 31 Ratings
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    • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • WE95
      • JD95
      • WW94
      • RP94
      4.4 49 Ratings
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    • DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • RP92
      • JD90
      4.1 205 Ratings
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    • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS96
      • V93
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      • WW92
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      • CG90
      4.3 87 Ratings
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    • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
      Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
      • WE96
      • WW91
      4.2 30 Ratings
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    • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS94
      • WE92
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      • WW91
      4.5 176 Ratings
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    • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
      Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS92
      • WW90
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      4.2 188 Ratings
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    • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
      • JD96
      • RP94
      • WW93
      • WS93
      4.6 87 Ratings
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    • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • JS95
      • WS93
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    • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
      • WE97
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      • JD94
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      • D91
      4.3 21 Ratings
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    • Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WE91
      4.1 317 Ratings
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    • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
      Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
      • WW92
      4.2 50 Ratings
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    • Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • WW93
        • WE92
        4.5 150 Ratings
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      • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
        • JS96
        • RP96
        • WS94
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