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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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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Heritance Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tyler Florence Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Tyler Florence Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • TP95
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  • Shafer Relentless 2008 Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2008 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
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