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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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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Ridge Geyserville 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Morlet Passionnement Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Morlet Passionnement Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kongsgaard Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Kongsgaard Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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