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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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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD93
    • WS92
    • D92
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • WW91
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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
    • JS95
    • TP95
    • JD94
    • WS94
    • RP93
    • D91
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • D92
    • TP92
    • JD91
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  • Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • D90
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    4.5 8 Ratings
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  • L'Aventure Optimus 2018  Front Label
    L'Aventure Optimus 2018
    Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JD94
    • JS94
    • D94
    • RP92
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  • Titus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Titus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    • JD93
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  • Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • JS92
    • V91
    • RP91
    • D90
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  • Buehler Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Buehler Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • JS90
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  • Arnot-Roberts Gamay 2018  Front Label
    Arnot-Roberts Gamay 2018
    Gamay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
    • D92
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  • Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • D93
    4.4 14 Ratings
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  • Sebastiani Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Sebastiani Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • D90
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • D96
    • RP91
    • WW91
    • WE91
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2018  Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2018
    Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • V97
    • JS96
    • RP95
    • D94
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • JS94
    • WS94
    • D93
    • WE93
    • RP92
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