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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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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2002 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE93
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Del Dotto Merlot 2002  Front Label
    Del Dotto Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • WW97
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      • W&S93
      • WE92
      4.6 10 Ratings
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    • Opus One (scuffed label) 2002 Front Label
      Opus One (scuffed label) 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
        Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • RP90
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      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
        Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        • V93
        • WS91
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      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
        Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        • RP91
        • WS90
        4.4 18 Ratings
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      • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
        Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • RP95
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      • Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002  Front Bottle Shot
        Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from California
        • RP100
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      • Dominus Estate 2002  Front Label
        Dominus Estate 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP99
        • W&S94
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      • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
        Bond St. Eden 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
        • RP100
        • WS96
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      • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • WE95
        • CG95
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      • Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
        Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
          Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2002
          Zinfandel from California
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          • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
            Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
            Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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          • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002 Front Label
            Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
            • RP96
            • WS93
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          • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
            Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • RP95
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          • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002 Front Label
            Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2002
            Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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            • WS93
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          • Turley Hayne Petite Syrah 2002
            Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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