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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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  • Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bootleg Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Bootleg Red Blend 2016
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • JD92
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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2016  Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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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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  • ADAMVS Teres Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    ADAMVS Teres Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Galerie Pleinair Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Galerie Pleinair Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE91
    • RP90
    3.8 29 Ratings
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  • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
    • JD91
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Mt. Brave Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chanin Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Chanin Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, 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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    4.3 19 Ratings
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  • Palazzo Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Palazzo Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • JD95
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  • Adobe Road The Shift Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Adobe Road The Shift Red Blend 2016
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alesia Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Dierke Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Dierke Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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    • WE94
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Aurum Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Aurum Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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
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    4.2 12 Ratings
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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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  • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
    • JD95
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  • Brand Brio 2016  Front Label
    Brand Brio 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JD93
    • RP91
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