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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1995 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Opus One (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
      Opus One (stained labels) 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Bottle Shot
      Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • WS92
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    • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995  Front Label
      Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan Estate 1995 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP99
      • WS96
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
      Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • RP99
      • WE94
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    • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Bottle Shot
      Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
      Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • WS97
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    • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
      Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Dominus Estate (bin soiled label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
        Dominus Estate (bin soiled label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP93
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      • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
        Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
        • RP98
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      • Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995 Front Label
        Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995
        Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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      • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Bottle Shot
        Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1995 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1995
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • La Jota 14th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
          La Jota 14th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
          • RP94
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