California Red Wine
Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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!
- Cabernet Sauvignon1141
- Pinot Noir737
- Bordeaux Red Blends321
- Other Red Blends204
- Petite Sirah121
- Rhône Blends83
- Cabernet Franc47
- Other Red Wine22
- Petit Verdot7
- Nero d'Avola1
- Pinot Meunier1
Ventana Estate Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
Curran Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Crew Wine Company Matchbook Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
Berryessa Gap Vineyards Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Yolo County, California
Truchard Estate Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Carneros, California
Tejada Vineyards Reserve T 2006Tempranillo from Lake County, North Coast, California
Twisted Oak Winery Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Sierra Foothills, California
McConnell Estates Winery Wackman Ranch Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from California
Justin Reserve Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Longoria Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Colibri Ridge Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Fair Play, Sierra Foothills, California
Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo 2006Tempranillo from Lodi, California