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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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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (slightly torn label) 2008 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (slightly torn label) 2008
    Grenache from California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2008 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2008  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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  • Harlan Estate 2008 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008  Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2008 Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • JS96
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
    • WE90
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE95
    • JS92
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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  • Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2008 Front Label
    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • JS91
    • WS90
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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  • Bond Vecina 2008 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2008 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS91
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  • Justin Isosceles 2008 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • RP93
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  • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2008 Front Label
    L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP96
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