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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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  • 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
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS94
    4.3 9 Ratings
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  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 23 Ratings
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  • Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
    4.1 359 Ratings
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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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    4.5 56 Ratings
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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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    • WE94
    4.2 8 Ratings
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  • Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
    • WW93
    4.3 105 Ratings
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  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP93
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • W&S92
    • WS90
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    3.5 19 Ratings
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  • Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE92
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  • Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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    • WE90
    4.2 171 Ratings
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  • EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
    EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WS93
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    • WE91
    4.4 58 Ratings
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  • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE94
    3.4 43 Ratings
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  • Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WE91
    4.1 97 Ratings
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    4.7 14 Ratings
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  • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    4.1 29 Ratings
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  • Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
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    • D90
    4.4 25 Ratings
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  • O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE94
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    4.2 344 Ratings
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  • Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WE93
    3.8 38 Ratings
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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
    • JS92
    • WE90
    4.2 25 Ratings
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