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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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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.7 43 Ratings
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  • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.5 57 Ratings
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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    • JS91
    • WW90
    4.6 18 Ratings
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.2 111 Ratings
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  • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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    4.2 176 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.6 29 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
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    4.9 9 Ratings
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  • Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WW91
    4.3 82 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.2 47 Ratings
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • D96
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    3.9 8 Ratings
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
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    3.9 61 Ratings
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  • Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.1 47 Ratings
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  • Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
    • WW89
    4.4 22 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE93
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    4.1 45 Ratings
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  • Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW90
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