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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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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anapamu Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
    Anapamu Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Hartford Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2001
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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    • WS91
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  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG91
    • WE90
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  • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S94
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  • Voss Vineyards Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Voss Vineyards Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
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  • Acacia St. Clair Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Starmont Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Acacia Beckstoffer Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
    Acacia Beckstoffer Pinot Noir 2001
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    • WS91
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  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Foppiano Paso Robles Petite Sirah 2001
    Petite Sirah from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • W&S91
    • WS90
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  • Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • WE94
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  • Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
    Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • W&S93
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