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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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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2015  Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • WW92
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  • David Arthur Meritaggio 2015  Front Label
    David Arthur Meritaggio 2015
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    3.9 6 Ratings
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  • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Century Cellars Merlot 2015
    Merlot from California
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    • Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
      Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
      • WE92
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    • Wine Spots Cuvee 38 2015  Front Bottle Shot
      Wine Spots Cuvee 38 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
        St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • RP92
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      • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
        Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • WE95
        • RP94
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      • Amapola Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
        Amapola Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • RP94
        • JD93
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      • Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
        Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        • WS93
        • RP93
        • JD92
        • WW92
        4.3 56 Ratings
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      • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
        Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
        • WW90
        4.4 16 Ratings
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      • Robert Sinskey Point of View 2015  Front Label
        Robert Sinskey Point of View 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Carneros, California
          4.2 18 Ratings
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        • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015 Front Label
          Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • WE90
          • WW90
          4.5 19 Ratings
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        • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
          Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Burgess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
            Burgess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • V93
            • RP90
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          • Varner Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
            Varner Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
            • RP91
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          • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
            Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Joel Gott Alakai Grenache 2015 Front Label
              Joel Gott Alakai Grenache 2015
              Grenache from California
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              • Meeker Four Kings 2015  Front Label
                Meeker Four Kings 2015
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Seavey Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
                  Seavey Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                  • V92
                  • RP91
                  • JD91
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                • John Anthony Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                  John Anthony Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                  • WS93
                  4.4 16 Ratings
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                • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015  Front Label
                  Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
                  • JS93
                  • WE92
                  • WS92
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                • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015  Front Label
                  Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
                  • JD91
                  3.8 11 Ratings
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                • Metz Road Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                  Metz Road Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
                  • WE91
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                • Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
                  Robert Foley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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