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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
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    4.3 21 Ratings
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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
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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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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S95
    4.1 16 Ratings
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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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  • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2006 Front Label
    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2006
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    4.0 9 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S94
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    • RP91
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S91
    • WE90
    • CG90
    4.6 6 Ratings
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  • Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
    4.1 10 Ratings
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2006 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S93
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Bond Quella 2006 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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  • Quintessa  2006 Front Label
    Quintessa 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • W&S91
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S91
    • WE90
    4.7 18 Ratings
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  • Ridge Geyserville 2006 Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville 2006
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Flowers Andreen-Gale Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Flowers Andreen-Gale Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S92
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  • Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S90
    3.6 24 Ratings
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG95
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  • Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2006
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
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  • Bond Pluribus Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S94
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  • Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • W&S92
    • BH90
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
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  • Bond Melbury 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S91
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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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