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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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  • Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Merryvale Profile 2009 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs 2009
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2009
    Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Farrier Presshouse Red 2009 Front Label
    Farrier Presshouse Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard South Knoll Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard South Knoll Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard North Flats Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard North Flats Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Decoy Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Decoy Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • DeLoach Russian River Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    DeLoach Russian River Estate Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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