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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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  • Kenneth Volk Starr Ranch Vineyard Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
    Kenneth Volk Starr Ranch Vineyard Tempranillo 2005
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    • Justin Reserve Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
      Justin Reserve Tempranillo 2005
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      • Truchard Estate Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
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        • Twisted Oak Winery Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
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          • Longoria Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
            Longoria Tempranillo 2005
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            • Ventana Estate Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
              Ventana Estate Tempranillo 2005
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              • Ironstone Christine Andrew Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                Ironstone Christine Andrew Tempranillo 2005
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                • Verdad Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                  Verdad Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2005
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                  • Scribner Bend Vineyards Black Hat Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                    Scribner Bend Vineyards Black Hat Tempranillo 2005
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                    • Black Hawk Ridge Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                      Black Hawk Ridge Tempranillo 2005
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                      • Berryessa Gap Vineyards Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                        Berryessa Gap Vineyards Tempranillo 2005
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                        • Curran Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                          Curran Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2005
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                          • Opolo Paso Robles Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
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