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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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  • Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Roth Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
      Roth Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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      • J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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        • Acacia Pinot Noir (half-bottle) 2003
          Pinot Noir from California
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          • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
            Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Havens Bourriquot (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
            Havens Bourriquot (half-bottle) 2003
            Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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            • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
              Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 2003
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages (half-bottle) 2003
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              • Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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              • Ridge Geyserville (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                Ridge Geyserville (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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                • Swanson Merlot (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                  Swanson Merlot (half-bottle) 2003
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                    Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2003  Front Label
                    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Qupe Central Coast Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2003
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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