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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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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Anakota Helena Montana Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Anakota Helena Montana Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Revana Terroir Series Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Revana Terroir Series Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2018  Front Label
      Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Darioush Caravan Red 2018  Front Label
      Darioush Caravan Red 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • The Crane Assembly Disciples 2018  Front Label
      The Crane Assembly Disciples 2018
      Other Red Blends from California
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    • Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Faust The Pact 2018  Front Label
      Faust The Pact 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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    • 1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Round Pond Bovet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Round Pond Bovet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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