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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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  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    4.1 125 Ratings
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve 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
    • WW94
    • WE94
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Experience Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • TP91
    • WW90
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    4.0 163 Ratings
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  • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS92
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  • Dominus Estate 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP97
    • WE96
    • WS95
    4.3 43 Ratings
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  • Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE93
    4.2 34 Ratings
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  • Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    • WE91
    3.8 225 Ratings
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  • Foxen Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Foxen Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • WE91
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • JD96
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  • Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WE95
    • RP93
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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
    3.5 32 Ratings
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  • Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2017  Front Label
    Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • WE93
    3.8 21 Ratings
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • JD91
    • WE90
    • RP90
    4.3 22 Ratings
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  • Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Front Label
    Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP91
    • WE91
    4.5 20 Ratings
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S91
    • WW91
    • WE90
    4.2 122 Ratings
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  • Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
    • WW95
    • WE91
    • RP91
    • JD90
    4.5 27 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
    • RP93
    • JD93
    • WE92
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE93
    • WW91
    4.7 11 Ratings
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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
    • TP91
    • WE90
    3.8 243 Ratings
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP97
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    • WE96
    • WS95
    4.7 11 Ratings
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  • Moniker Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Moniker Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
    • WW90
    • WE90
    4.0 20 Ratings
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  • Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • JD96
    • WE95
    • RP94
    • WS90
    4.0 5 Ratings
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  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • W&S92
    • WE90
    4.2 65 Ratings
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  • Klinker Brick Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Klinker Brick Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California
    • WE91
    3.6 23 Ratings
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