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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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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2018  Front Label
    Quintessa 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust The Pact 2018  Front Label
    Faust The Pact 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    4.2 46 Ratings
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