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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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  • Merryvale Forward Kidd Red Wine 2013 Front Label
    Merryvale Forward Kidd Red Wine 2013
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2013 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2013
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Bonterra The McNab Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013
    Other Red Blends from Mendocino, California
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    • Playtime Red 2013 Front Label
      Playtime Red 2013
      Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Our Daily Red Blend 2013 Front Label
        Our Daily Red Blend 2013
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        • Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2013 Front Label
          Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2013
          Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
          • WE90
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        • Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend 2013 Front Label
          Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend 2013
          Other Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Vigilance Cimarron 2013 Front Label
            Vigilance Cimarron 2013
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            • Eight Arms The Tentacle Red Blend 2013 Front Label
              Eight Arms The Tentacle Red Blend 2013
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              • Storybook Mountain Antaeus 2013 Front Label
                Storybook Mountain Antaeus 2013
                Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Tres Sabores Por Que No 2013 Front Label
                Tres Sabores Por Que No 2013
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                • Orleans Hill Cote Zero Syrah-Grenache 2013 Front Label
                  Orleans Hill Cote Zero Syrah-Grenache 2013
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                  • Caricature Red Blend 2013 Front Label
                    Caricature Red Blend 2013
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                  • Niner Proprietary Red 2013 Front Label
                    Niner Proprietary Red 2013
                    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                    • Hearst Ranch Randolph 2013 Front Label
                      Hearst Ranch Randolph 2013
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                    • Markham Cellar 1879 Napa Valley Red Blend 2013 Front Label
                      Markham Cellar 1879 Napa Valley Red Blend 2013
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                      • Tierra Divina REDS 2013 Front Label
                        Tierra Divina REDS 2013
                        Other Red Blends from Lodi, California
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                        • Parducci Sustainable Red Blend 2013 Front Label
                          Parducci Sustainable Red Blend 2013
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