California Red Wine
Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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!
- Cabernet Sauvignon642
- Pinot Noir303
- Bordeaux Red Blends165
- Other Red Blends78
- Petite Sirah54
- Rhône Blends35
- Cabernet Franc18
- Other Red Wine7
- Petit Verdot1
- Pinot Meunier1
Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2003Grenache from Central Coast, California
Sine Qua Non Li'L E 2003Grenache from Central Coast, California
Jaffurs Grenache Stolpman Vineyard 2003Grenache from Central Coast, California
Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2003Grenache from Sonoma County, California
Sine Qua Non The Inaugural Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache 2003Grenache from California
Unti Grenache 2003Grenache from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Michael Martella Oleta Vineyard Grenache 2003Grenache from Fiddletown, Sierra Foothills, California
Villa Creek Garnacha 2003Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Alban Grenache 2003Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Copain Eaglepoint Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2003Grenache from Mendocino, California
Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards Artist Series Limited Reserve Release Sec Dry Rose of Grenache 2003Grenache from California