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 Sauvignon1552
- Pinot Noir1249
- Other Red Blends466
- Bordeaux Red Blends285
- Rhône Blends102
- Petite Sirah95
- Cabernet Franc52
- Other Red Wine25
- Petit Verdot9
- Touriga Nacional1
- St. Laurent1
The Withers Counoise 2016Other Red Wine from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Broc Cellars Eaglepoint Ranch Counoise 2016Other Red Wine from Mendocino, California
Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro Alvarelhao 2016Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
Celani Vineyards Robusto 2016Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
Verdad Graciano Ibarra-Young Vineyard 2016Other Red Wine from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Kivelstadt Cellars Native Son Charbono 2016Other Red Wine from Mendocino, California
Turley Casa Nuestra 2016Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
The Third Twin Graciano (Sine Qua Non) 2016Other Red Wine from Central Coast, California
Clos Solene Harmonie Red 2016Other Red Wine from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Jarvis Tomei Coloma Mother Lode 2016Other Red Wine from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Outre Wines Vista Luna Vineyard Graciano 2016Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
The Spice & Jam Trading Co. Bold Red Wine 2016Other Red Wine from California
The Cellar Cru American Red 2016Other Red Wine from California
Tribunal North Coast Red 2016Other Red Wine from North Coast, California
Radius Eclipse 2016Other Red Wine from California
Clos Saron A Pleasant Peasant Carignan 2016Other Red Wine from California
Bixby Creek Bridge Napa Valley Red 2016Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
Baron Herzog Black Muscat 2016Other Red Wine from California
Amplify Wines Camp 4 Vineyard Carignane 2016Other Red Wine from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Broc Cellars 'Carbonic' Carignan 2016Other Red Wine from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Color Wash Bold Red Wine Blend 2016Other Red Wine from California
Keep David Girard Vineyard Counoise 2016Other Red Wine from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Coturri Testa Vineyards Carignan 2016Other Red Wine from Mendocino, California
Turley Bechtoldt Vineyard Cinsault 2016Other Red Wine from Lodi, California
Happy Canyon Vineyards Chieftain Lots BDX 2016Other Red Wine from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California