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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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  • Opus One  2018  Front Label
    Opus One 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 33 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD90
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  • Dominus Estate 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS97
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.4 49 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG90
    4.3 88 Ratings
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW90
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    • WE90
    4.2 190 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.6 23 Ratings
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WS93
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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
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    • WS94
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    • D91
    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 21 Ratings
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  • Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2018  Front Label
    Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2018
    Other Red Blends from California
    • RP93
    4.5 35 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP97
    • JD97
    • WS94
    3.9 6 Ratings
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • CG92
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  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WE91
      4.0 628 Ratings
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    • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • JS92
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      4.2 152 Ratings
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    • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
      • WW90
      4.8 9 Ratings
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    • Quintessa  2018  Front Label
      Quintessa 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
        Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        4.5 10 Ratings
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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
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        • RP92
        • D92
        • TP92
        • JD91
        4.2 99 Ratings
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