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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (scuffed and faded label) 1982  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (scuffed and faded label) 1982
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (corroded capsule) 1982 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
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    • Opus One (cut capsule) 1982 Front Bottle Shot
      Opus One (cut capsule) 1982
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
        Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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      • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
        Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
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      • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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      • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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      • Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
        Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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        • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (corroded foil capsules) 1982  Front Label
          Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (corroded foil capsules) 1982
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • William Hill Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1982
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            • William Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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              • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
                Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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                • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
                  Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
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                  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
                    Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982 Front Label
                      Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1982
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
                      Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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                      • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
                        Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 Front Label
                        Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Ridge York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1982  Front Label
                          Ridge York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982  Front Label
                            Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
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                            • Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1982  Front Label
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                              • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1982  Front Label
                                Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1982
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Wrath Swan 828 Pinot Noir 1982 Front Label
                                  Wrath Swan 828 Pinot Noir 1982
                                  Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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