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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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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW92
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS93
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
    • WE93
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  • Dominus Estate 2013 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
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    • WW100
    • D100
    • WS92
    4.6 44 Ratings
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  • Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • WE90
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW98
    • RP97
    • JS93
    • WS92
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW95
    • W&S95
    • JS93
    4.3 86 Ratings
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW96
    • WE94
    • RP93
    • WS90
    4.3 59 Ratings
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  • Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.4 5 Ratings
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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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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    4.0 22 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WW96
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • WS91
    4.2 23 Ratings
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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WW93
    • JS93
    • WS92
    4.5 16 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW95
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
    • RP92
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    4.4 10 Ratings
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
    • WE95
    • RP94
    • W&S94
    • WW93
    4.2 21 Ratings
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  • Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE94
    • WW94
    • TP93
    • RP90
    3.9 8 Ratings
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  • Trombetta Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Trombetta Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WW92
    • RP91
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS96
    • RP95
    • WW95
    4.5 55 Ratings
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2013 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP100
    • WW100
    • D100
    • W&S94
    • WS91
    4.9 7 Ratings
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  • Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WW96
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  • Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WW97
    4.8 6 Ratings
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
    • WE96
    • WW95
    • RP95
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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