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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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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Bottle Shot
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1995 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1995
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1995 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
    Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel 1995
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
    Flora Springs Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Arns Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WS95
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  • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1995 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 1995
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 1995 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WS90
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