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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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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Wester Reach Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    DuMOL Wester Reach Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS90
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  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • WS93
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    • JD92
    4.2 23 Ratings
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2019
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cattleya Wines Cuvee Number One Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Cuvee Number One Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS93
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  • Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2019  Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2019
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Walt Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Walt Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • JD93
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  • Margerum M5 Red 2019  Front Label
    Margerum M5 Red 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WS93
    4.2 14 Ratings
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  • Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Cline Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • WS88
    3.8 9 Ratings
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  • Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Red Blend 2019  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Red Blend 2019
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Geyserville 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Geyserville 2019
    Other Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Margerum Santa Barbara Grenache 2019  Front Label
    Margerum Santa Barbara Grenache 2019
    Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sojourn Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Sojourn Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE95
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    • JS92
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