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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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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2014 Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Amici Russian River Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Amici Russian River Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • TP90
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  • Stokes' Ghost Petite Sirah 2014 Front Label
    Stokes' Ghost Petite Sirah 2014
    Petite Sirah from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • TP93
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  • Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2014  Front Label
    Priest Ranch Coach Gun 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP95
    • RP91
    • WE90
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  • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2014  Front Label
    San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • WE93
    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2014 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2014
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • TP91
    3.9 21 Ratings
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • TP91
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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
    3.5 11 Ratings
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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • TP92
    4.4 10 Ratings
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  • True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • W&S91
    • WW90
    4.0 135 Ratings
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  • Brewer-Clifton Hapgood Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton Hapgood Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP96
    • TP93
    • WS91
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • TP97
    • WW96
    3.7 11 Ratings
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  • Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WW90
    • TP90
    • D90
    3.8 39 Ratings
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • TP91
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  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • V96
    • JD96
    • WS95
    • TP94
    • W&S92
    4.1 113 Ratings
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  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • JD96
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    • TP94
    • W&S92
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  • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WS92
    • RP92
    • WE91
    • TP90
    • D90
    3.9 154 Ratings
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    • WE97
    • TP96
    • W&S94
    • WS93
    4.2 15 Ratings
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  • Treana Red Blend 2014 Front Label
    Treana Red Blend 2014
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • WE92
    • WW91
    4.4 73 Ratings
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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • TP93
    • WS90
    • RP90
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  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Yoeman Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Goldschmidt Vineyard Yoeman Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP94
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  • The Calling Patriarch Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    The Calling Patriarch Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP93
    • WE91
    • RP90
    4.7 5 Ratings
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  • Acumen Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Acumen Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
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  • Greystone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Greystone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • TP90
    3.5 75 Ratings
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  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP93
    • WE91
    • RP91
    4.1 115 Ratings
    Price per bottle
    Currently Unavailable $38.99
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