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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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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  • Laetitia Les Galets Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Laetitia Les Galets Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Bottle Shot
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paraduxx (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Paraduxx (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half bottle) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2006  Front Label
      Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2006
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Ridge Geyserville (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Ridge Geyserville (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
        Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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      • Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
        Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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        • Calera Selleck Pinot Noir (375ml half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Calera Selleck Pinot Noir (375ml half-bottle) 2006
          Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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        • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir (375ML) 2006 Front Label
          Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir (375ML) 2006
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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        • Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2006
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Von Strasser Diamond Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Von Strasser Diamond Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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