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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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  • Opus One  2009 Front Label
    Opus One 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2009 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2009  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.7 16 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE92
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  • Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2009 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS95
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • WS90
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  • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JS90
    3.9 18 Ratings
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  • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2009 Front Label
    L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JS95
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS92
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2009 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • JS97
    • WS97
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  • Freeman Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Freeman Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Saxum Broken Stones 2009 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • JS92
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  • DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • La Follette Dunah Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
    La Follette Dunah Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Benziger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Benziger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE90
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  • Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Jaffurs Santa Barbara Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Jaffurs Santa Barbara Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • JS93
    • RP92
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