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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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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Revana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Revana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
    Opus One 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S94
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    • CG93
    • WS92
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • V95
    • WS92
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
    • WS98
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  • Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth 2005
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP99
    • WS97
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  • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
    • WS96
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • WS91
    • RP90
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005  Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WS91
    • WE90
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG95
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    4.1 6 Ratings
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • RP100
    • WS92
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • WE94
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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