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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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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE96
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2019
    Other Red Blends from California
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  • Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WW89
    4.0 176 Ratings
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  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ely by Callaway Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Ely by Callaway Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW91
    4.4 28 Ratings
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  • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • JS93
    • WW90
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    • WW91
    • JS91
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • TP93
    • WW92
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    • JS91
    • WW90
    4.6 27 Ratings
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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
    • WW90
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  • Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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  • Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW96
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  • Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS95
    • WW91
    4.4 113 Ratings
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW92
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  • Double Diamond by Schrader Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Double Diamond by Schrader Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
    • WE94
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    • WS91
    4.6 19 Ratings
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