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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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  • Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
    • WS92
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • V93
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  • Realm Cellars Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Realm Cellars Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • V95
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  • Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Bond Melbury 2012 Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
    • V97
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  • Levy & McClellan Red 2012  Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Red 2012
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • V97
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  • Colgin Cariad 2012 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • V97
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  • OVID (bin soiled label) 2012 Front Label
    OVID (bin soiled label) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • V95
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • V96
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  • OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2012
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
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  • Corison Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Corison Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • V95
    • JS94
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  • Larkmead Firebelle 2012  Front Label
    Larkmead Firebelle 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • V94
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  • Bevan Cellars Tin Box Vineyard 2012 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Tin Box Vineyard 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
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  • Larkmead The Lark Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Larkmead The Lark Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • V95
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