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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Bond Quella 2008 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2008 Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2008 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2008 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • WS93
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2008 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    • RP93
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS94
    • WE94
    • RP93
    4.9 6 Ratings
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS94
    • CG93
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • JS95
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
    • CG92
    4.6 21 Ratings
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WS94
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  • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (slightly torn label) 2008 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (slightly torn label) 2008
    Grenache from California
    • RP98
    • WS95
    • JS95
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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Colgin Cariad 2008 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2008 Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • RP98
    • WS96
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008  Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP95
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  • Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
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  • Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2008 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS90
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