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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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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Cristina Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Cristina Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Edmeades Petite Sirah 2012 Front Label
    Edmeades Petite Sirah 2012
    Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California
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  • Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine  2012 Front Label
    Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Jewell Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Jewell Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Qupe Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Qupe Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Skylark Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Skylark Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Mendocino, California
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Charles Heintz Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Charles Heintz Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rombauer Stice Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Rombauer Stice Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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