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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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  • Sine Qua Non In the Crosshairs & A Shot in the Dark (6 bottles in OWC) 2006
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kobalt Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Kobalt Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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  • Ramey Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Ramey Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2006 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WS95
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  • Colgin Cariad 2006 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • JS96
    • WS94
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  • Saxum Broken Stones 2006 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP97
    • WS96
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WS96
    • RP95
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  • Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2006 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS91
    • RP90
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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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    • WE94
    • W&S92
    • JS91
    • WS90
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2006  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Hundred Acre Deep Time Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Deep Time Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Snowden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Snowden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2006 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS95
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