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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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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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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
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner (slightly stained label) 2006  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner (slightly stained label) 2006
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP93
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG92
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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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    • WS93
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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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    • WS95
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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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  • Sine Qua Non Raven Series Grenache 2006 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Raven Series Grenache 2006
    Grenache from California
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    • WS97
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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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    • RP91
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE95
    • RP90
    4.7 6 Ratings
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006  Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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
    • RP100
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    • JS97
    • WE94
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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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    • BH92
    • WS91
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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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    • RP95
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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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    • RP94
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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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  • 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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    • WS93
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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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    • RP95
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  • Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP93
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2006 Front Bottle Shot
    Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE93
    • WS90
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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
    • WE92
    • WS91
    • RP90
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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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    • WE94
    • W&S92
    • JS91
    • WS90
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  • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from California
    • WS92
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