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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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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2014 Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2014  Front Label
    San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP98
    • WE93
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2014  Front Label
    Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
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  • High Dive Napa Valley Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    High Dive Napa Valley Red Blend 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP95
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  • Niner Fog Catcher Red 2014 Front Label
    Niner Fog Catcher Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • RP93
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  • Acumen Mountainside Red 2014  Front Label
    Acumen Mountainside Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP93
    4.3 8 Ratings
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    Flora Springs Trilogy 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE92
    • CG90
    4.4 22 Ratings
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2014 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
    4.0 36 Ratings
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  • Anarchist Wine Co. The Philosopher 2014  Front Label
    Anarchist Wine Co. The Philosopher 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP92
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  • Robert Mondavi Maestro 2014  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Maestro 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
    4.1 94 Ratings
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  • Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Maestro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion 2014 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP97
    • W&S93
    • WW92
    • WS90
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2014 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    4.5 15 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn The Discussion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Duckhorn The Discussion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.5 5 Ratings
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  • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2014 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP96
    • JS91
    4.4 48 Ratings
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