California Red Wine
Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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!
- Cabernet Sauvignon2670
- Pinot Noir2281
- Bordeaux Red Blends689
- Other Red Blends331
- Rhône Blends168
- Petite Sirah139
- Cabernet Franc51
- Petit Verdot7
- Other Red Wine1
- Pinot Meunier1
- Alicante Bouschet1
Cass Winery Mourvedre 2019Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2019Mourvedre from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
Skinner Mourvedre 2018Mourvedre from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Koehler Winery Santa Ynez Valley Mourvedre 2016Mourvedre from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Prima Materia Mourvedre 2013Mourvedre from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2016Mourvedre from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
Jade Mountain Old Vine Mourvedre 2001Mourvedre from Napa Valley, California
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2004Mourvedre from California
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2017Mourvedre from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
Skinner Mourvedre 2019Mourvedre from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Cass Winery Mourvedre 2018Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Carlisle Two Acres 2012Mourvedre from Russian River, Sonoma County, California