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California Red Wine

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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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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    3.8 262 Ratings
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  • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP93
    • WW92
    4.2 34 Ratings
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  • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
    • TP90
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  • Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
    • TP92
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  • Cline Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Cline Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
    • TP93
    3.9 16 Ratings
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  • Cline Contra Costa Petite Sirah 2019  Front Label
    Cline Contra Costa Petite Sirah 2019
    Petite Sirah from California
    • TP92
    4.5 8 Ratings
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  • Butternut Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Butternut Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
    • TP91
    • WE90
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  • Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
    • TP90
    • WS88
    3.8 9 Ratings
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
    • TP90
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  • J Wilkes Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    J Wilkes Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Highlands District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
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  • Tenshen Red 2019  Front Label
    Tenshen Red 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
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  • Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
    • TP90
    3.5 32 Ratings
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