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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE96
    • V93
    • WW91
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019
    Other Red Blends from California
    • WW93
    4.5 449 Ratings
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  • Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WW89
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • WS92
    • WW90
    • JD90
    4.1 136 Ratings
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    • WW91
    • JS91
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  • Realm Cellars The Bard 2019  Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Bard 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP97
    • V96
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • JS93
    • JD92
    • WE91
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  • Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WE91
    4.0 195 Ratings
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS93
      • WW92
      4.2 126 Ratings
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    • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        4.6 7 Ratings
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      • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019  Front Label
        Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • TP93
        • WW92
        4.1 73 Ratings
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      • Conundrum Red Blend 2019  Front Label
        Conundrum Red Blend 2019
        Other Red Blends from California
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        • Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
          Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
            Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • JS92
            • RP91
            • V90
            4.5 11 Ratings
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          • The Prisoner Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
            The Prisoner Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
              Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
              • WW96
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            • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
              Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019
              Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
              • SJ95
              4.2 15 Ratings
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            • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
              Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
              • JD93
              • RP93
              • WW93
              • V93
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            • McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
              McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
              Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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              • Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                • JD94
                • WW92
                • RP90
                4.2 185 Ratings
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              • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
                Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • RP95
                  • JD94
                  • V92
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                • The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                    4.7 6 Ratings
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