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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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  • The Third Twin Nuestra Senora Del Tercer Gemelo (Sine Qua Non) 2016  Front Label
    The Third Twin Nuestra Senora Del Tercer Gemelo (Sine Qua Non) 2016
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Orin Swift Cellars 8 Years in the Desert (8 Bottle Set) 2016 Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars 8 Years in the Desert (8 Bottle Set) 2016
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  • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2016 Front Label
    Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2016
    Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2016
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  • Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2016 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2016
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2016 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2016
    Other Red Blends from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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    • RP92
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2016 Aurelio Gift Product Image
    Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2016
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
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  • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 10 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 10 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
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  • Carlisle Two Acres Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Carlisle Two Acres Red Wine 2016
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      Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 10 2016
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    • Next of Kyn Touriga Nacional Cumulus Vineyard Numero Dois 2016  Front Label
      Next of Kyn Touriga Nacional Cumulus Vineyard Numero Dois 2016
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    • Bedrock Wine Company Pagani Ranch Heritage Red 2016 Front Label
      Bedrock Wine Company Pagani Ranch Heritage Red 2016
      Other Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • L'Aventure For Her 2016  Front Label
      L'Aventure For Her 2016
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    • Bedrock Wine Company Dolinsek Ranch Heritage 2016 Front Label
      Bedrock Wine Company Dolinsek Ranch Heritage 2016
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    • Bedrock Wine Company Oakville Farmhouse Heritage 2016  Front Label
      Bedrock Wine Company Oakville Farmhouse Heritage 2016
      Other Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • WS91
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