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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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  • Bond Pluribus 2008 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Dominus Estate 2008  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S94
    • WE91
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  • Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S87
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  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • CG96
    • W&S90
    • WE90
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S95
    • WE91
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  • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
    • WE91
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  • Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2008 Front Label
    Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
    • W&S91
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • RP92
    • W&S91
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • TP95
    • W&S92
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  • World's End Wavelength 2008 Front Label
    World's End Wavelength 2008
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S91
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  • Conn Creek Anthology 2008 Front Label
    Conn Creek Anthology 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
    • WE90
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  • Benziger Tribute 2008 Front Label
    Benziger Tribute 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
    • W&S93
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  • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S90
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  • Murphy-Goode Dealer's Choice Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Murphy-Goode Dealer's Choice Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • W&S89
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  • Fogdog Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Fogdog Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • WS89
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  • Bridlewood Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Bridlewood Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • W&S88
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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    • RP94
    • W&S94
    • WE91
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  • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
    • WE90
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2008 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S89
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  • DeLoach Von Weildlich Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    DeLoach Von Weildlich Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
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