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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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  • CADE Napa Cuvee 2008 Front Label
    CADE Napa Cuvee 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2008 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2008  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hanzell Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Hanzell Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon 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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    • W&S93
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • RP90
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  • Top Chef Quickfire Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Top Chef Quickfire Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • WE87
    • WS87
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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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
    4.3 58 Ratings
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  • Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak Red 2008 Front Label
    Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    3.8 6 Ratings
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  • Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2008 Front Label
    Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2008
    Petite Sirah from Central Coast, California
    • WE88
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  • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE96
    • CG91
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • WE95
    • JS92
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  • Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Gain Bay Cabernet Family 2008 Front Label
    Gain Bay Cabernet Family 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • W&S90
    • WE90
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  • Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
    • WE92
    3.6 33 Ratings
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  • Verite La Joie 2008 Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP99
    • WE94
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