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Californian Red Wines

Since the 1976 "Judgement of Paris", where a private judgment of the latest Bordeaux and Napa wines in Paris saw the Californian wine triumph over its French competitor, this hub of New World wine had to be taken seriously, and fast. After that, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon scored 100 points in 1985 from a world-renowned Bordeaux critic. The network of power and influence once again shifted. By now, this may be old news. What ought to be considered, though, is how it is not just the Napa Valley which is currently impressing on the world stage. As this collection shows, there are many impressive and delicious Californian red wines to explore throughout this beautiful corner of the world.

Cabernet Sauvignon

It is well-known by this stage how exquisite the Cabernet Sauvignons are that come out of the Californian wine making areas. Those aforementioned historic moments in the 70s and 80s were already indicators of this. The opulent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that grow throughout the valleys of Californian wine making regions are a gift to wineries. We have plenty of these in our range which we think you ought to try out! Indeed we have some absolute top range reds which would be a welcome addition to absolutely anyone.

A great range of Californian reds

Whether for consumption or investment, we certainly have some special wines for you at The Fine Wine Company. On top of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Californian area is known for its red wine grapes such as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Zinfandel, so we have made sure that these too are well represented in this collection.

Organic reds

If you are getting into your organic and biodynamic wine, then you ought to check out how this is being done stateside. We have a great collection of organic Californian red wines for you to try out. It should be no surprise that organic wines are being honed to perfection in such an exciting area which has been consistently a site of forward movement and growth over recent years.

Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (Case) Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.67
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This Cabernet offers aromas of bright cherry, currant and raspberry with notes of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, you will find flavors of cherry and currant and a lingering and thoughtful finish. Good structure, a moderate weight, polished tannins and balanced acidity.
Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Elysian Merlot, 2016 (Case) Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Elysian Merlot, 2016 (Case)
Per Bottle: £20.33
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Aromas of black currant, black cherries and a touch of wood smoke with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. On the palate, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with good structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Merlot, 2017 (Case) Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Merlot, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.67
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Aromas of black currant, black cherries and a touch of wood smoke with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. On the palate, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with good structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Young Red, 2018 (Case) Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Young Red, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £15.33
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Aromas of black currant, black cherries and a touch of wood smoke with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. On the palate, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with good structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Zinfandel, 2017 (Case) Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Zinfandel, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.67
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Aromas of black raspberry and cherry fruit, and notions of pepper and minerals on the nose. A decadent palate of briery fruit, vanilla, brown spice and toasty oak is framed by polished tannins and a rich, lingering finish.
Chalk Farm, Merlot, 2016 (Case) Chalk Farm, Merlot, 2016 (Case)
Per Bottle: £7.25
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Chalk Farm, Merlot,
Dominus Estate, 2007 (Case) Dominus Estate, 2007 (Case)
Per Bottle: £240.50
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Dominus 2007 is a seamless "haute couture" estate wine with an intensely aromatic nose and perfectly elegant palate. Notes of ripe red cherries, fresh almonds, pomegranate and blond tobacco precede sweet tannins and a wonderful, bright finish with great length. It is youthful, noble and discreet.
Dominus Estate, Napanook, 2012 (Case) Dominus Estate, Napanook, 2012 (Case)
Per Bottle: £74.17
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The 2012 Napanook is a clear expression of an exceptional vintage. Pure aromas of fresh strawberry, caramel and minty sage fill the nose. Vigorous and rich with firm, yet integrated tannins, the wine offers earthy complexity, dark cocoa and roasted almonds on a long lingering finish.
Fog Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (Case) Fog Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.42
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This wine, a deep garnet in the glass, opens with alluring aromas of dark red fruit. This luscious Cabernet Sauvignon presents rich flavors of dried plums, Medjool dates, red currants and bright berries flavours on the palate. The wine has soft, round tannins and a lingering finish.
Fog Mountain, Merlot, 2018 (Case) Fog Mountain, Merlot, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.42
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A rich and alluring Merlot. On the nose, it opens with aromas of baked plums and delicate violet notes. The palate offers flavours of cherries and hints of earthiness, with well-structured tannins and a long, satisfying finish.
Morgan, Cotes du Crows, 2018 (Case) Morgan, Cotes du Crows, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £19.50
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Ripe blackberry and vanilla tinged Syrah fruit with classic strawberry/rhubarb Grenache notes on the nose and palate. Medium bodied but with plenty of punchy fruit flavours.
Morgan, Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case) Morgan, Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £54.50
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Fantastic Pinot although if you prefer a more subdued, more herbal and earthy wine, this will need to age a bit. It is there, but the cherries and acidity are dominant right now. Ready to drink if you like a brighter Pinot with a complex finish, but this will really mellow nicely with another year or so. I may wait for my next bottle.
Morgan, Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case) Morgan, Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £29.50
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Hedonistic Californian Pinot with lush strawberry, cranberry and cherry fruit balanced by soft, ripe tannins and crisp acidity. Smooth, chocolaty, spicy oak enriches but never dominates the fruit.
Orin Swift, Abstract, 2018 (Case) Orin Swift, Abstract, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £41.00
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This wine is bursting with juicy red and dark fruits (raspberries, cranberries, dark plums). On the palate, the wine is voluptuous in body yet incredibly smooth with similar fruit notes and a touch of sweet vanilla. With a luscious and velvety mouthfeel, the wine finishes with lingering ripe black plum notes and a long length.
Orin Swift, Palermo, Orin, 2017 (Case) Orin Swift, Palermo, Orin, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £50.75
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Delicious aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry are intermingled with notes of star anise, five spice and freshly steeped black tea. The palate is softly textured and smooth with a combination of cassis and blackberry notes & finishes with a long length.
Qupe, Syrah, Central Coast, 2017 (Case) Qupe, Syrah, Central Coast, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £17.83
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An immediately attractive deep purple colour leads into aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and coffee followed by a savory palate with a spicy smoky character and refreshing acidity. The balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that makes it an easy drinker.
Robert Mondavi, Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir, 2014 (Case) Robert Mondavi, Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir, 2014 (Case)
Per Bottle: £52.83
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A deeply-flavored and voluminous pinot noir, our 2016 Reserve combines a toasty, sweet spice entry with red plum and black cherry fruits; its firm, velvety tannins add structure to the luxuriously rich texture, and refreshing acidity carries the fruity-toasty complexity across the palate into a deliciously long finish with each sip.
Robert Mondavi, Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir, 2015 (Case) Robert Mondavi, Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir, 2015 (Case)
Per Bottle: £48.50
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A deeply-flavored and voluminous pinot noir, our 2016 Reserve combines a toasty, sweet spice entry with red plum and black cherry fruits; its firm, velvety tannins add structure to the luxuriously rich texture, and refreshing acidity carries the fruity-toasty complexity across the palate into a deliciously long finish with each sip. 100% Pinot Noir
Robert Mondavi, Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 (Case) Robert Mondavi, Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 (Case)
Per Bottle: £62.67
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Textural richness defines our deeply concentrated, dark-fruited Oakville cabernet sauvignon, wrapping blackberry, black plum and blueberry flavors in warm baking spices and toasty oak and sending them across the silky palate structured by firm, fine-grained, tannins. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Petite Verdot, 4% Merlot
Robert Mondavi, Winery Reserve To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 (Case) Robert Mondavi, Winery Reserve To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 (Case)
Per Bottle: £119.50
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Intensity, muscle and concentration define our Reserve vineyard-designated wine from Napa Valley's grand cru site, To Kalon. A complex blend of fresh blackberry, wild berry compote, cassis, dark cocoa powder, forest floor, all-spice, and sweet vanilla, with balancing acidity, make this a perfect Anniversary wine. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot

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