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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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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (stained label) 1994  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (stained label) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Bottle Shot
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1994 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1994 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1994  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 1994 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1994 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • RP92
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (loose capsule) 1994 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (loose capsule) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS95
    • RP91
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  • Harlan Estate 1994 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS96
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1994  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Quintessa  1994 Front Label
    Quintessa 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1994  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1994
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 1994 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
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