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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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  • Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Bottle Shot
    Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • WW94
    4.3 22 Ratings
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  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
      Pine Ridge Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • RP92
      • WE90
      4.9 23 Ratings
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    • Trinchero Forte Red Blend 2014  Front Label
      Trinchero Forte Red Blend 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
      • WE91
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    • Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
      Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • RP91
      • D90
      3.8 6 Ratings
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    • Somerston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
      Somerston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
        Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
        MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • RP90
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      • Burgess Topography Red Blend 2014 Front Label
        Burgess Topography Red Blend 2014
        Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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        • Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
          Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Seavey Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Seavey Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • RP90
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          • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014  Front Label
            Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Stanton Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
              Stanton Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Small Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
              Small Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Six Sigma Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
              Six Sigma Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Calluna Estate Red 2014  Front Label
                Calluna Estate Red 2014
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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                • RP90
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              • Hartford Court Marin Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                Hartford Court Marin Pinot Noir 2014
                Pinot Noir from Marin County, North Coast, California
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                • Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
                  Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Verite La Joie 2014 Front Label
                  Verite La Joie 2014
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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