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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudius Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Rudius Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG92
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) OWC 2008 Front Label
    Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) OWC 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS98
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  • Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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    • WS94
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle - signed) 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle - signed) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Line Grenache (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Grenache from California
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    • WS95
    • JS95
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (3 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (3 Liter) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum - signed by winemaker) 2008  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum - signed by winemaker) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • RP98
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  • Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2008 Front Label
    OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
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  • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP96
    • WS96
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