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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1998  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 1998 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • EOS Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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  • Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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  • Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Arrowood Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Valley of the Moon Syrah 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee 1998
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Silverado Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Firebreak 1998
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1998 Front Label
    William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cline Big Break Zinfandel 1998
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Silverado Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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