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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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  • Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW91
    • JS90
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Crown Point Estate Selection 2016  Front Label
    Crown Point Estate Selection 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • WW94
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  • Joseph Swan Russian River Valley Cuvee de Trois Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Swan Russian River Valley Cuvee de Trois Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • JS91
      • WS91
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    • ADAMVS Teres Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      ADAMVS Teres Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin 2016  Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin 2016
        Other Red Blends from California
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        • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
          Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
          • W&S94
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        • Merryvale Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Merryvale Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
          • JS92
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        • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
          Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
          Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Hestan Vineyards Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
            Hestan Vineyards Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • JS93
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          • Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
            Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
            • WE92
            • JD91
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          • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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          • Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
            Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Purple Heart Red Wine 2016  Front Label
            Purple Heart Red Wine 2016
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
              CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
              • WW89
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            • Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016 Front Label
              Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • V92
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            • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
              Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
              • RP96
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            • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016 Front Label
              Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • WW95
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              • W&S91
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            • Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016  Front Label
              Palazzo Right Bank Reserve Red Wine 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • JD94
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            • Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
              Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
              • D93
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            • Newton Single Vineyard Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
              Newton Single Vineyard Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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            • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016  Front Label
              San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
              • WE93
              4.3 36 Ratings
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