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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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    4.0 21 Ratings
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS95
    • D95
    4.7 131 Ratings
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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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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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    4.2 188 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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    4.5 174 Ratings
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  • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE96
    • WW91
    4.2 29 Ratings
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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW92
    • JS92
    • WE90
    4.1 123 Ratings
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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
    4.1 316 Ratings
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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
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    • D91
    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
    • WE92
    4.5 149 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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    • WE93
    • WS92
    4.6 21 Ratings
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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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    • JD92
    4.5 10 Ratings
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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
    4.0 624 Ratings
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
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    • WS92
    • W&S91
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • WE94
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Dominus Estate 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • V98
    • JS97
    • JD97
    • RP97
    • WE96
    • WS95
    4.3 43 Ratings
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  • Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WE91
    4.0 54 Ratings
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • JD93
    • WE91
    4.4 182 Ratings
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  • Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
    • WW90
    • WE90
    4.0 155 Ratings
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW97
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    • WE93
    4.6 38 Ratings
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  • Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE92
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    • JD92
    4.0 11 Ratings
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  • Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE90
    4.1 629 Ratings
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  • Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WE91
    3.8 223 Ratings
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  • Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE93
    3.9 29 Ratings
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • D96
    • RP91
    • WW91
    • WE91
    0.0 0 Ratings
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    Currently Unavailable $41.99
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