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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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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2006 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, 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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  • Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah No 5 2006 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Raven Series Syrah No 5 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
    • RP96
    • WS95
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  • Opus One  2006 Front Label
    Opus One 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS93
    • RP91
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  • Sine Qua Non Raven Series Grenache 2006 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Raven Series Grenache 2006
    Grenache from California
    • RP98
    • WS97
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  • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP92
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WE93
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2006  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • WE92
    • RP90
    4.0 13 Ratings
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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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  • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP92
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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
    • RP94
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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2006 Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • CG92
    • WS90
    4.6 11 Ratings
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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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  • 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
    • RP100
    • WS97
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  • Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WS93
    • RP93
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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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  • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2006  Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah 2006
    Petite Sirah from North Coast, California
    • RP92
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WS96
    • RP94
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  • Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
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