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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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  • Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • WW94
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    • WS92
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  • Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
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  • Dominus Estate 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • V98
    • JS97
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    • RP97
    • WE96
    • WS95
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  • O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • JD96
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    • TP94
    • RP90
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • V94
    • WS92
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  • Brand Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Brand Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
    • WS94
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WW92
    4.7 12 Ratings
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  • Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • D93
    • WS92
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  • Revana Terroir Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Revana Terroir Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
      • V93
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    • Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Shafer Relentless 2017  Front Label
        Shafer Relentless 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
        • TP98
        • JD94
        • WS94
        • RP92
        4.3 18 Ratings
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      • Kosta Browne Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Kosta Browne Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
        • WS94
        • RP92
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      • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
        • JD100
        • WW100
        • JS99
        • RP98
        • WS96
        • CG94
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      • Epoch Veracity Red Blend 2017  Front Label
        Epoch Veracity Red Blend 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • JD96
        • WE95
        • RP94
        • WS91
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      • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • WW97
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      • Colgin IX Estate Red 2017  Front Label
        Colgin IX Estate Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • JD98
        • JS97
        • WS94
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      • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE93
        • RP91
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      • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE95
        • RP92
        • W&S91
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      • Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • RP93
        • WW93
        • W&S92
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      • Verite La Muse 2017  Front Label
        Verite La Muse 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
        • RP99
        • JD98
        • JS98
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      • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
        • RP95
        • JS95
        • WS94
        0.0 0 Ratings
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