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 Sauvignon2190
- Pinot Noir1931
- Other Red Blends718
- Bordeaux Red Blends528
- Petite Sirah235
- Rhône Blends218
- Cabernet Franc120
- Other Red Wine77
- Petit Verdot30
- Pinot Meunier2
- Alicante Bouschet2
- Nero d'Avola1
- Touriga Nacional1
Uvaggio Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Lodi, California
Andis Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Fiddletown Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
Bella Piazza Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
McNab Ridge Winery Family Reserve Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Lodi, California
Still Waters Vineyards Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Witch Creek Winery Heringer Vineyards Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
AronHill Vineyards Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Ridge Lytton Estate Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Sonoma County, California
Nello Olivo El Dorado Primitivo 2012Primitivo from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Brutocao Contento Vineyard Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Mendocino, California
Borjon Primitivo Reposado 2012Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Salamandre Wine Cellars Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Monterey, Central Coast, California
Purple Cow Vineyards Primitivo 2012Primitivo from California
Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Mutt Lynch mbf Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
Wattle Creek Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
Viansa Winery Reserve Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
Gianelli Vineyards Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2012Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California