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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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  • Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2011 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP93
    • BH90
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  • DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
    • TP95
    • WE93
    • RP92
    4.4 6 Ratings
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  • Trinchero Meritage 2011 Front Label
    Trinchero Meritage 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • TP90
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  • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
    4.2 5 Ratings
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  • Tin Roof Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Tin Roof Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP88
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  • Guarachi Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011 Front Label
    Guarachi Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP93
    • RP91
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  • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
    • WS88
    • TP88
    3.3 5 Ratings
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  • Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
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  • Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP88
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  • Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
    • TP89
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2011 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    • W&S92
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2011 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2011
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
    • W&S91
    • CG90
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  • Complicated Red Blend 2011 Front Label
    Complicated Red Blend 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP90
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  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Sebastiani Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Sebastiani Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • TP90
    3.7 9 Ratings
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • MacPhail Sundawg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    MacPhail Sundawg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
    • RP90
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  • Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP90
    4.7 6 Ratings
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  • Michael David Winery Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Michael David Winery Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP92
    4.0 11 Ratings
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011 Front Bottle Shot
    Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S91
    • TP90
    • WE90
    4.6 6 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $39.99
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