A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.
Tangley Oaks Merlot 2013Merlot from Napa Valley, California
La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2013Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
Teira Merlot 2013Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2013Merlot from Napa Valley, California
Twenty Rows Merlot 2013Merlot from Napa Valley, California
St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2013Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California