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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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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
    • WW91
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE97
    • JS95
    • JD94
    • WS94
    • RP93
    • D91
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS98
    • WE98
    • JD97
    • CG96
    • WS95
    • D95
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S95
    • RP94
    • D94
    • JS93
    • WS92
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • WS95
    • V95
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • D92
    • TP92
    • JD91
    4.2 86 Ratings
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  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D92
    • WW91
    • JS90
    4.1 246 Ratings
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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • WW92
    • CG90
    3.9 35 Ratings
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • WW94
    • D93
    • WS92
    4.6 26 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW97
    • RP95
    • JD95
    • D95
    • JS94
    • WE93
    4.6 38 Ratings
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2017 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2017
    Other Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
    • WW91
    • D91
    • CG90
    3.8 191 Ratings
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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP98
    • WE94
    • W&S93
    • D92
    • JS91
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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S94
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • WW92
    • JS92
    • D91
    4.2 94 Ratings
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • JD96
    • JH95
    • WW94
    • D94
    • WE93
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • W&S95
    • JS95
    • D94
    • WS93
    4.7 9 Ratings
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  • Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • D90
    4.1 41 Ratings
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    • W&S96
    • WS95
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • WW90
    • D90
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    4.3 6 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • JS94
    • D93
    • W&S93
    • WS92
    4.4 12 Ratings
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  • L'Aventure Optimus 2018  Front Label
    L'Aventure Optimus 2018
    Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JD94
    • JS94
    • D94
    • RP92
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    • JS92
    • WW92
    • W&S90
    4.8 13 Ratings
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  • Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
    • D92
    • CG90
    • WE90
    4.2 18 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • D93
    • WW93
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  • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
    • D89
    3.8 8 Ratings
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