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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
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    • RP90
    4.8 6 Ratings
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  • Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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    • WS93
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  • Cenyth Red Blend 2009 Front Label
    Cenyth Red Blend 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
    • TP91
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  • Justin Isosceles 2009 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • TP95
    • WS93
    4.0 13 Ratings
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  • Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP90
    3.8 9 Ratings
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  • The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2009 Front Label
    The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2009
    Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
    • TP90
    4.5 11 Ratings
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  • Cline Cool Climate Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Cline Cool Climate Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
    • TP90
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
    • WE90
    • RP90
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  • Justin Isosceles (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • TP95
    • WS93
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML) 2009 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • TP91
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
    4.3 8 Ratings
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  • Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • TP95
    • WE93
    3.3 11 Ratings
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  • Girard Petite Sirah 2009 Front Label
    Girard Petite Sirah 2009
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
    • TP92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Levendi Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Levendi Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP95
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP90
    3.7 29 Ratings
    Price per bottle
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JD96
    • TP95
    • D93
    • RP93
    • WS92
    4.3 9 Ratings
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  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • TP92
    • WS90
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  • Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP90
    • TP90
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  • Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
    • TP91
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
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  • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2009 Front Label
    Chalk Hill Estate Red 2009
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • TP92
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • TP97
    • CG95
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  • DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
    • TP93
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    Currently Unavailable $58.99
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2009 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
    3.6 9 Ratings
    Price per bottle
    Currently Unavailable $99.97
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