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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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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan The Maiden (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden (scuffed labels) 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
      Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
      Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin Cariad 2003 Front Label
      Colgin Cariad 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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    • Pine Ridge Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Pine Ridge Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2003 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • RP96
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    • Dominus Estate 2003  Front Label
      Dominus Estate 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
      • RP95
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      • CG91
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    • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan Estate 2003 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Ridge Monte Bello 2003 Front Label
      Ridge Monte Bello 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • W&S92
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    • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
      Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Vecina 2003 Front Label
      Bond Vecina 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2003 Front Label
        Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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        • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2003 Front Label
          Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
          Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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          • Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003 Front Bottle Shot
            Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2003
            Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
            • RP92
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          • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
            Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
              Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
              • RP95
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            • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
              Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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