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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!

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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        • Ridge Monte Bello 2010 Front Label
          Ridge Monte Bello 2010
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2010  Front Label
          Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2010
          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Saxum Broken Stones 2010 Front Label
          Saxum Broken Stones 2010
          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
          Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2010
          Merlot from Carneros, California
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          • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2010 Front Label
            Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2010
            Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Grenache 2010 Front Label
            Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Grenache 2010
            Grenache from California
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          • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2010 Front Label
            Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2010  Front Bottle Shot
            Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Harlan Estate 2010 Front Label
            Harlan Estate 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • RP98
            • WS96
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          • Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache 2010 Front Label
            Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache 2010
            Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
            Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • RP96
            • WS93
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          • Colgin IX Estate Red 2010 Front Label
            Colgin IX Estate Red 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
            • RP100
            • WS94
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          • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
            • RP96
            • WS92
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          • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • WS96
            • W&S92
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          • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2010 Front Label
            Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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            • RP92
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          • Opus One  2010 Front Label
            Opus One 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • JS96
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          • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
            Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • RP94
            • WS93
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          • Harlan The Maiden 2010  Front Label
            Harlan The Maiden 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • RP92
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          • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
            Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • RP93
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          • Dominus Estate 2010 Front Label
            Dominus Estate 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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            • JS99
            • W&S93
            • WS92
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          • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2010  Front Label
            Saxum Booker Vineyard 2010
            Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • RP98
            • WS94
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