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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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  • Bootleg Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Bootleg Red Blend 2016
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lost Angel Mischief Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Lost Angel Mischief Red Blend 2016
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    • Roth Estate Heritage Red 2016  Front Label
      Roth Estate Heritage Red 2016
      Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Krupp Brothers Estates The Doctor Stagecoach Vineyard Red 2016  Front Label
      Krupp Brothers Estates The Doctor Stagecoach Vineyard Red 2016
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      • Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau Red 2016 Front Label
        Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau Red 2016
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        • JD89
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      • Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016
        Other Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • TP92
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        4.3 17 Ratings
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      • Vampire Vineyards Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Vampire Vineyards Red Blend 2016
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        • Adobe Road The Shift Red Blend 2016 Front Label
          Adobe Road The Shift Red Blend 2016
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        • Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin 2016  Front Label
          Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin 2016
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          • Bacon Central Coast Red 2016 Front Label
            Bacon Central Coast Red 2016
            Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
            • TP91
            4.0 43 Ratings
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          • Dueling Pistols Paso Robles Red Blend 2016 Front Label
            Dueling Pistols Paso Robles Red Blend 2016
            Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • TP90
            4.1 23 Ratings
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