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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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  • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Benziger Monterey Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Benziger Monterey Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Bottle Shot
    Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ramey Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018
    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015  Front Label
    Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Aurum Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Aurum Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017  Front Label
    DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Chanin Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Chanin Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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