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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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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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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
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  • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG91
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  • Futo Helianthus 2016  Front Label
    Futo Helianthus 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016
    Other Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Merryvale Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Merryvale Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
    • JS92
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  • Mayacamas Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Mayacamas Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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  • Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    • JS92
    • WW92
    • JD91
    • WS90
    4.2 9 Ratings
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  • Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
    • JS90
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  • Hestan Vineyards Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Hestan Vineyards Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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  • David Arthur Three Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    David Arthur Three Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Stanton Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Stanton Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • WW92
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  • Animo by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Animo by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
    • RP92
    4.8 30 Ratings
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  • Gallo Signature Series Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Gallo Signature Series Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • JS93
    • WE92
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  • Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016  Front Label
    Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP95
    • JS95
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS99
    • JD97
    • WE95
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    • WS93
    4.7 13 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
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  • Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
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    • WS90
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  • Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
    • WW92
    • JD91
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    4.8 6 Ratings
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  • Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
    • JS96
    • WS95
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  • Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2016  Front Label
    Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP97
    • JD96
    0.0 0 Ratings
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