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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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  • Opus One  2001 Front Label
    Opus One 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
    • W&S93
    • D92
    • JS91
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  • Merryvale Profile 2001  Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
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  • Opus One (scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
    Opus One (scuffed label) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE95
    • RP90
    4.8 5 Ratings
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  • Justin Isosceles 2001 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP93
    • WE92
    • WS91
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE98
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2001 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE97
    • WS95
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE96
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE94
    • W&S93
    • D92
    • JS91
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  • Bond Matriarch 2001 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WE94
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2001  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • WE93
    • WS92
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  • Bond Vecina 2001 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE96
    • WS94
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP99
    • WE97
    • WS95
    • V93
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2001  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2001 Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • W&S94
    • WS92
    • WE92
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE96
    • W&S95
    4.9 5 Ratings
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