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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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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2006 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (stained label) 2006 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (stained label) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2006 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S93
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2006 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS91
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  • Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Red 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
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  • Gilt Ridge Monte Bello 2006 Front Label
    Gilt Ridge Monte Bello 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2006 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2006 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2006 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • WS90
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