List Page Learn About Content Graphic

California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

undefined, null

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!

Filter by
29 Items
29 Items
  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP94
    • WS94
    • CG92
    4.6 20 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
    Try the
    130
    99 99
    Save $30.01 (23%)
  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS94
    • CG93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $115.00
    Try the 2019 Vintage 109 99
    115
    115
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ridge Geyserville 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • CG94
    • RP92
    • JD92
    3.3 12 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the 2019 Vintage 47 99
    34 99
    34 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Quintessa  2008 Front Label
    Quintessa 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • CG93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $129.00
    Try the 2017 Vintage 209 99
    145
    129
    Save $16.00 (11%)
  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • CG89
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $18.99
    Try the 2019 Vintage 27 99
    18 99
    18 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • CG93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $68.99
    Try the
    68 99
    68 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • CG96
    • W&S90
    • WE90
    4.2 15 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the
    34 99
    34 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • CG88
    • RP88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the 2019 Vintage 33 99
    19 99
    19 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Merryvale Profile 2008 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • RP96
    • CG96
    • WS94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $129.00
    Try the
    150
    129
    Save $21.00 (14%)
  • Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.79
    Try the
    22
    19 79
    Save $2.21 (10%)
  • Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
    • WS92
    • CG92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $54.99
    Try the
    60
    54 99
    Save $5.01 (8%)
  • Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from California
    • WS88
    • CG88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $15.99
    Try the
    25 99
    15 99
    Save $10.00 (38%)
  • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG92
    • WE90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $26.99
    Try the 2017 Vintage 28 99
    26 99
    26 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2008 Front Label
    Ridge Lytton Springs 2008
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
    • CG93
    • JD93
    3.9 7 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $41.99
    Try the 2018 Vintage 45 99
    41 99
    41 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • CG91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $89.00
    Try the
    89
    89
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG93
    • W&S92
    • WE91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $49.99
    Try the
    49 99
    49 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the
    34 99
    34 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • CG91
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $28.97
    Try the
    38 99
    28 97
    Save $10.02 (26%)
  • Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • CG90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the
    34 99
    34 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Cakebread Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • CG89
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $44.99
    Try the 2018 Vintage 69 99
    54
    44 99
    Save $9.01 (17%)
  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS94
    • CG92
    • RP92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $46.99
    Try the 2018 Vintage 59 99
    46 99
    46 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Clos Pegase Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Clos Pegase Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE92
    • CG91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $51.99
    Try the
    51 99
    51 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
    • CG93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $99.00
    Try the
    99
    99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Sebastiani Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Sebastiani Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • CG91
    4.1 8 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    30
    19 99
    Save $10.01 (33%)
  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • CG90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $95.00
    Try the 2014 Vintage 154 99
    95
    95
    Save $0.00 (0%)
Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...