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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 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD94
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  • Purple Heart Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Purple Heart Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
      Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • WW92
      • WS90
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    • Clos du Bois Marlstone 2016  Front Label
      Clos du Bois Marlstone 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Crown Point Estate Selection 2016  Front Label
        Crown Point Estate Selection 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
        • WE97
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      • Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016 Front Label
        Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • V92
        4.0 182 Ratings
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      • Futo Helianthus 2016  Front Label
        Futo Helianthus 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
        • JS98
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      • Ehlers Estate Portrait Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Ehlers Estate Portrait Red Blend 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
        • WS92
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      • Justin Justification 2016  Front Label
        Justin Justification 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • WE91
        4.7 21 Ratings
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      • Estancia Reserve Meritage Red (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
        Estancia Reserve Meritage Red (375ML half-bottle) 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Donati Family Vineyards Ezio 2016  Front Label
          Donati Family Vineyards Ezio 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paicines, Central Coast, California
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          • Lyeth Sonoma Meritage 2016 Front Label
            Lyeth Sonoma Meritage 2016
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016  Front Label
              Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • JS92
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            • Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
              Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • WE93
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            • Hendry Red Wine 2016  Front Label
              Hendry Red Wine 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016  Front Label
                San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • WE93
                4.3 34 Ratings
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              • Ziata Mia Madre Red Blend 2016  Front Label
                Ziata Mia Madre Red Blend 2016
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Brand Brio 2016  Front Label
                  Brand Brio 2016
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • RP91
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                • J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2016  Front Label
                  J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2016
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                  • WE92
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                • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2016  Front Label
                  Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2016
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Kathryn Kennedy Lateral 2016  Front Label
                    Kathryn Kennedy Lateral 2016
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2016  Front Label
                      Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2016
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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