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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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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2000  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Bottle Shot
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden (stained label) 2000 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden (stained label) 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2000 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2000
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Verite La Muse 2000 Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2000  Front Bottle Shot
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan  2000 Front Label
    Sloan 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2000  Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anapamu Syrah 2000 Front Label
    Anapamu Syrah 2000
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2000 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2000
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2000 Front Label
    Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2000
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2000
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2000  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2000  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Sine Qua Non A - Cappella Pinot Noir 2000  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non A - Cappella Pinot Noir 2000
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2000 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Merlot 2000
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2000 Front Label
    Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2000
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Front Label
    Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad 2000  Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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