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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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  • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Revana Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
      Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
      Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Qupe Central Coast Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
      Qupe Central Coast Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2013
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Estancia Reserve Meritage Red (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Estancia Reserve Meritage Red (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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      • Cline  Lodi Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Cline Lodi Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Cline Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
          Cline Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Hahn Founder's Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
            Hahn Founder's Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
            Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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            • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
              Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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            • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
              Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
              Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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            • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
              Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
              Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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              • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2013
                Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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                • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                  Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2013
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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                • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                  Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                • Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                  Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2013
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Vino Noceto Sangiovese (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
                    Vino Noceto Sangiovese (375ML half-bottle) 2013
                    Sangiovese from Sierra Foothills, California
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