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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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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • D91
    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WS93
    • WW93
    • RP92
    • D92
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    • JD91
    4.1 98 Ratings
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  • Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018  Product Video
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
    • TP92
    • JD92
    4.0 11 Ratings
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  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    • WW90
    3.8 43 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE93
    • WW91
    4.0 33 Ratings
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  • SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • TP90
    3.7 77 Ratings
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  • Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from California
    • TP90
    3.4 43 Ratings
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  • Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    • TP93
    • WE92
    • JS90
    4.1 40 Ratings
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  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • TP93
    • JS93
    • WW92
    • WS90
    3.8 28 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red 2018
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP93
    • WE93
    • WW90
    4.1 56 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE93
    3.5 10 Ratings
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  • El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WW95
    • TP94
    • WE93
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Young Red 2018 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Young Red 2018
    Other Red Blends from Mendocino, California
    • TP91
    • WW90
    3.7 30 Ratings
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  • Cline Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Cline Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP92
    4.2 55 Ratings
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  • Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from California
    • TP93
    4.0 19 Ratings
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  • Parducci Small Lot Petite Sirah 2018  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Petite Sirah 2018
    Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California
    • TP90
    3.8 114 Ratings
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  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • JS93
    • WW92
    • TP92
    • WS90
    4.2 9 Ratings
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  • Westwood Winery Legend Proprietary Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Westwood Winery Legend Proprietary Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP97
    3.6 8 Ratings
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  • Rebellious Red 2018  Front Label
    Rebellious Red 2018
    Other Red Blends from California
    • TP90
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  • Eberle Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Eberle Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
    4.2 5 Ratings
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  • Solomon Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Solomon Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
    • WE96
    • TP96
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  • Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP90
    3.5 31 Ratings
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  • Morgan Cotes du Crow's 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Cotes du Crow's 2018
    Other Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
    • TP91
    3.8 28 Ratings
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  • Leese-Fitch Red 2018  Front Label
    Leese-Fitch Red 2018
    Other Red Blends from California
    • TP89
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  • Gehricke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Gehricke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $32.99
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