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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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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • JS96
    • W&S93
    • WE93
    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS94
    • JS94
    • CG92
    4.0 11 Ratings
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  • Harlan Estate 2006 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
    • WS94
    • WE94
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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
    • JD94
    • JS93
    • RP91
    4.2 16 Ratings
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  • Colgin Cariad 2006 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS96
    • WS94
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
    • JS97
    • WE94
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  • Bond St. Eden 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WE94
    • W&S92
    • JS91
    • WS90
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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
    • RP94
    • JD94
    • JS93
    • W&S92
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
    • JS97
    • WE94
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Bond Melbury 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • W&S91
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  • Bond Quella 2006 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • JS92
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS98
    • JS95
    • RP94
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  • Opus One  2006 Front Label
    Opus One 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WE90
    4.6 14 Ratings
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2006 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS90
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  • Bond Vecina 2006 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • W&S93
    • JS93
    • WE92
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  • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Beringer Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • RP90
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS91
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  • OVID  2006  Front Label
    OVID 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS92
    • JS92
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2006 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • JS93
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  • Kenzo Estate Ai Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Kenzo Estate Ai Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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  • Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • JS90
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  • Beringer Single Vineyard Chabot Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Front Label
    Beringer Single Vineyard Chabot Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • JS90
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • CG95
    • JS95
    • W&S94
    • WS92
    • WE92
    0.0 0 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $219.99
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