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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1996  Front Bottle Shot
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  1996 Front Label
    Quintessa 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 1996 Front Label
    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 1996
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 1996  Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emilio's Terrace Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
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