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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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  • Opus One  2018  Front Label
    Opus One 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.2 14 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
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD91
    4.2 100 Ratings
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE91
    4.4 182 Ratings
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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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    • D94
    4.4 11 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.1 93 Ratings
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD90
    4.4 46 Ratings
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  • Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
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    • JD92
    4.0 11 Ratings
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  • My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • V94
    4.1 44 Ratings
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  • Amici Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Amici Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    4.4 26 Ratings
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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
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    4.5 194 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 16 Ratings
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  • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • JD90
    4.5 35 Ratings
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  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.2 38 Ratings
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  • Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • WW91
    • WE90
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  • Amici Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Amici Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JD97
    • RP96
    0.0 0 Ratings
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