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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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  • 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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  • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Kosta Browne 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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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • V92
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  • Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS92
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  • Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joel Gott Blend No. 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Joel Gott Blend No. 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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  • Ridge Geyserville 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville 2019
    Other Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • JS92
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  • Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Complicated Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Complicated Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
    • JS91
    3.7 6 Ratings
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