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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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  • Booker Vineyard Fulldraw 24 2014 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Fulldraw 24 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP97
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  • Ventana Rubystone Red 2014 Front Label
    Ventana Rubystone Red 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • TP91
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  • Hahn GSM 2014 Front Label
    Hahn GSM 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • WS90
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  • Front Porch Farm Red 2014 Front Label
    Front Porch Farm Red 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2014 Front Label
      Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • RP94
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    • Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2014  Front Label
      Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Mendocino, California
      • TP94
      • WE93
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    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
      Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • RP93
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    • Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2014 Front Label
      Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
      • RP90
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    • Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2014 Front Label
      Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Donkey & Goat  Five Thirteen 2014 Front Label
        Donkey & Goat Five Thirteen 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
        • WE90
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      • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2014 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • WE92
        3.7 5 Ratings
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      • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2014 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP93
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      • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2014 Front Label
        L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP96
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      • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2014  Front Label
        Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • WE92
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      • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP93
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      • Adelaida Anna's Red 2014 Front Label
        Adelaida Anna's Red 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • WW91
        • CG91
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      • Big Basin Homestead Red Blend 2014 Front Label
        Big Basin Homestead Red Blend 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from California
        • RP92
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