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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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  • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Giusti Ranch Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Giusti Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • CG91
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  • Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP94
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  • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from California
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    • CG94
    • WS92
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • WE90
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  • Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • White Rock Vineyards Claret 2013 Front Label
    White Rock Vineyards Claret 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • JS92
    • CG90
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  • Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
    • WW93
    • CG93
    4.1 9 Ratings
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  • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • CG93
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  • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE96
    • CG90
    • RP90
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    • CG92
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  • DuMOL Connor Pinot Noir 2013  Front Label
    DuMOL Connor Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • CG94
    • WS90
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  • Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
    • CG90
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG94
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • CG91
    • JS91
    • WS90
    4.4 12 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    • CG91
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  • Bella Vineyards Big River Ranch Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Bella Vineyards Big River Ranch Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP92
    • CG91
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  • Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    • WE93
    • CG90
    4.9 6 Ratings
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML) 2013 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • CG91
    • JS91
    • WS90
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Stardust Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Stardust Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • CG91
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  • Dashe Florence Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Dashe Florence Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • CG90
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  • Eric Kent Las Madres Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Eric Kent Las Madres Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
    • CG91
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