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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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  • Xtant Napa Red 2013 Front Label
    Xtant Napa Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE98
    • WW96
    • TP96
    • JS95
    • W&S95
    • D94
    • WS93
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS92
    • WW90
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW98
    • RP95
    • WS94
    • WE93
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  • Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • RP93
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  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    • RP92
    • WW92
    4.2 166 Ratings
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  • Dominus Estate 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JS100
    • WW100
    • D100
    • WS92
    4.6 44 Ratings
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  • Clos Du Val Three Graces Red Blend 2013  Front Label
    Clos Du Val Three Graces Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW91
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
    • RP95
    • WW95
    4.5 59 Ratings
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  • Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW95
    • RP93
    4.2 246 Ratings
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  • Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • WE90
    4.6 5 Ratings
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  • Justin Isosceles 2013 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WW90
    • WS90
    • RP90
    4.3 24 Ratings
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  • Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
    • WW92
    4.4 56 Ratings
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  • Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2013 Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained labels) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
    • JS94
    • WW94
    • WS93
    • W&S91
    4.5 16 Ratings
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  • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • WW90
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  • LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
    • WW90
    3.8 35 Ratings
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  • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013
    Merlot from North Coast, California
    • WW89
    3.9 6 Ratings
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  • Matthew Fritz Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Matthew Fritz Red Blend 2013
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW89
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  • Le P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah 2013 Front Label
    Le P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah 2013
    Petite Sirah from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WW91
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2013 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
    • WW91
    4.0 8 Ratings
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Symposium Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Symposium Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
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  • Paraduxx Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
    Paraduxx Proprietary Red 2013
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
    4.2 22 Ratings
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  • Renwood The Cleaver Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Renwood The Cleaver Red Blend 2013
    Other Red Blends from California
    • WW89
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • WE90
    0.0 0 Ratings
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