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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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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
    • WW90
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  • CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • JD96
    • RP94
    • WW93
    • WS93
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • WW94
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    • WS92
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  • Silverado GEO Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silverado GEO Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
    • TP96
    • WW94
    • WE93
    • JS92
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2017 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2017
    Other Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • D91
    • CG90
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • WE94
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  • Belle Glos Eulenloch Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Belle Glos Eulenloch Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
    • WW90
    4.4 19 Ratings
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  • Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
    • WW90
    • WE90
    4.0 141 Ratings
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  • Slices Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Slices Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW91
    • TP90
    3.8 46 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WW92
    4.7 12 Ratings
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  • Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • WE91
    4.5 43 Ratings
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  • Whitehall Lane Rassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Rassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    3.8 24 Ratings
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  • Bogle Phantom 2017  Front Label
    Bogle Phantom 2017
    Other Red Blends from California
    • WW89
    4.2 99 Ratings
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
    • TP93
    • WW92
    • JD91
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  • Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE96
    • WW95
    • JS94
    • WS92
    • JD92
    • RP91
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
    • WW91
    • WE90
    4.2 122 Ratings
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  • Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW90
    3.8 58 Ratings
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  • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
    • WW90
    4.2 10 Ratings
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  • Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
    • WW95
    • WE91
    • RP91
    • JD90
    4.5 27 Ratings
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  • Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • JS93
    • WW93
    • RP92
    4.0 22 Ratings
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  • Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
    • WE93
    • WW91
    4.0 142 Ratings
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  • Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • JD91
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