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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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  • Opus One  2018  Front Label
    Opus One 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW91
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 87 Ratings
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 21 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD97
    • WS94
    3.9 6 Ratings
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • CG92
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.1 98 Ratings
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  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    4.4 7 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
    4.5 74 Ratings
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  • Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • W&S96
    • WS95
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  • Quintessa  2018  Front Label
    Quintessa 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JD99
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    • WS96
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