A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.
Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2000Grenache from Sonoma County, California
Sine Qua Non Incognito 2000Grenache from Central Coast, California
Qupe Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2000Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California