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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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  • Big House Red Blend 2004 Front Label
    Big House Red Blend 2004
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    • Cardinal Zin  2004 Front Label
      Cardinal Zin 2004
      Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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      • Two Angels Petite Sirah 2004 Front Label
        Two Angels Petite Sirah 2004
        Petite Sirah from North Coast, California
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      • Dog House Checker's Cab 2004 Front Label
        Dog House Checker's Cab 2004
        Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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        • Tamas Estates Barbera 2004 Front Label
          Tamas Estates Barbera 2004
          Barbera from Central Coast, California
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          • Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2004
            Merlot from California
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            • Winter Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2004 Front Label
                Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2004
                Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                  Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2004
                  Zinfandel from California
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                  • Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                    Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2004
                    Pinot Noir from California
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                    • Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2004 Front Label
                      Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2004
                      Grenache from Central Coast, California
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