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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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  • Harlan Estate 2006 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2006  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Kenzo Estate Murasaki 2006  Front Label
      Kenzo Estate Murasaki 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from 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
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      • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
        Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends 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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      • 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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      • Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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
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      • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
        Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Saxum Broken Stones 2006 Front Label
          Saxum Broken Stones 2006
          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
          Rhys Vineyards Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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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
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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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        • Sine Qua Non In the Crosshairs 2006  Front Label
          Sine Qua Non In the Crosshairs 2006
          Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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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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        • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2006 Front Label
          Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2006
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006 Front Label
          Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2006  Front Label
          Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2006
          Petite Sirah from North Coast, 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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        • 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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