List Page Learn About Content Graphic

California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

undefined, null

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!

Filter by
60 Items
60 Items
  • Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2011 Front Label
    Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2011
    Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP91
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $44.99
    Try the
    48
    44 99
    Save $3.01 (6%)
  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $499.97
    Try the
    499 97
    499 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Harlan Estate 2011 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • D97
    • WS93
    • RP93
    4.5 6 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $999.97
    Try the
    999 97
    999 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $279.99
    Try the 2018 Vintage 399 99
    300
    279 99
    Save $20.01 (7%)
  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP92
    • WS91
    4.8 8 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $199.99
    Try the
    199 99
    199 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (chipped wax capsules) 2011 Front Label
    Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (chipped wax capsules) 2011
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP96
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $199.00
    Try the
    199
    199
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WS92
    • RP91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $115.97
    Try the
    115 97
    115 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
    • WS95
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $41.99
    Try the
    41 99
    41 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $47.99
    Try the
    47 99
    47 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Bond Pluribus 2011 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • D95
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $359.97
    Try the
    425
    359 97
    Save $65.03 (15%)
  • Bond St. Eden 2011 Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $399.97
    Try the 2017 Vintage 809
    399 97
    399 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2011  Front Label
    Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $149.97
    Try the
    190
    149 97
    Save $40.03 (21%)
  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $174.99
    Try the
    174 99
    174 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2011 Front Label
    Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2011
    Grenache from Central Coast, California
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $49.97
    Try the
    49 97
    49 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $109.97
    Try the
    109 97
    109 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS91
    • RP90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $64.99
    Try the
    64 99
    64 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2011 Front Label
    Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP98
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $199.00
    Try the
    199
    199
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $369.97
    Try the
    369 97
    369 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $68.99
    Try the
    68 99
    68 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
    • JS94
    • RP94
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $189.97
    Try the
    189 97
    189 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Herman Story Casual Encounters 2011 Front Label
    Herman Story Casual Encounters 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from California
    • WS92
    • RP91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    69 99
    69 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Siduri Parsons' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Siduri Parsons' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $47.99
    Try the
    47 99
    47 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $64.99
    Try the 2018 Vintage 69 99
    64 99
    64 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Schrader Aston Estate Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Schrader Aston Estate Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
    Try the
    99 99
    99 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Westerly Cote Blonde 2011 Front Label
    Westerly Cote Blonde 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $44.99
    Try the
    44 99
    44 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...