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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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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S90
    4.6 23 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • CG97
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    • W&S94
    • WS92
    4.5 13 Ratings
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • CG93
    • WS92
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2005 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • W&S97
    • RP97
    • CG93
    4.6 5 Ratings
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS93
    • W&S93
    3.8 18 Ratings
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • WE94
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Bottle Shot
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • W&S94
    • WS92
    • RP90
    4.8 5 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE96
    • W&S93
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  • Dominus Estate 2005  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WE92
    • CG92
    • W&S91
    • JS91
    4.2 8 Ratings
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • W&S92
    • D90
    4.2 19 Ratings
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S95
    • RP95
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • W&S90
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • W&S93
    • WS93
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  • Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • W&S92
    4.0 7 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE92
    • W&S90
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  • Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • WE90
    • W&S90
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  • Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE92
    • W&S90
    • RP90
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  • Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S93
    • WE93
    • RP93
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  • Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • WE92
    • RP90
    • W&S90
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  • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • W&S93
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  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S98
    • RP95
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS93
    • W&S93
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
    • WS90
    • WE90
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  • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
    Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • CG93
    • W&S91
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S97
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $175.00
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