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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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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Eighteen Seventy-Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Hall Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Century Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Century Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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    • Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Century Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Century Cellars Merlot 2017
      Merlot from California
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      • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
        Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017  Front Label
        La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      • Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Neyers Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Neyers Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Keever Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Keever Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
          Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2017
          Cabernet Franc from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Gust Syrah 2017 Front Label
          Gust Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017  Front Label
          Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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