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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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  • Dominus Estate 2009  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS93
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    • WE90
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • V93
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  • David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
    David Arthur Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE99
    • RP94
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WE94
    • WS93
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  • Amuse Bouche Proprietary Red 2009  Front Bottle Shot
    Amuse Bouche Proprietary Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2009  Front Label
      Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2009
      Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
      Dark Matter Zinfandel 2009
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Rudd Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
        Rudd Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
        • WS93
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      • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2009 Front Label
        Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2009
        Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
        • RP97
        • WS92
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      • Wolf Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  Front Label
        Wolf Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
          Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • La Follette Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
            La Follette Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Harlan Estate 2009 Front Label
              Harlan Estate 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • RP97
              • WS96
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            • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2009 Front Label
              Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2009
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
              • WS94
              • RP92
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            • Ridge Monte Bello 2009 Front Label
              Ridge Monte Bello 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
              • RP98
              • WS95
              • W&S93
              • WE92
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            • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
              Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
              • RP98
              • WS97
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            • Colgin IX Estate Red 2009 Front Label
              Colgin IX Estate Red 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • JS99
              • RP97
              • WS94
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            • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2009 Front Label
              Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
                • RP100
                • WS96
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              • Sine Qua Non The Thrill of Stamp Collecting Syrah 2009 Front Label
                Sine Qua Non The Thrill of Stamp Collecting Syrah 2009
                Syrah/Shiraz from California
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                • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                  Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
                  • RP98
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                • High Flyer Sierra Madre Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                  High Flyer Sierra Madre Pinot Noir 2009
                  Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
                    Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2009
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Syrah 2009 Front Label
                      Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Syrah 2009
                      Syrah/Shiraz from California
                      • RP97
                      • WS95
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                    • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                      Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
                      • RP91
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