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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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  • 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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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
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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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    • D91
    4.3 21 Ratings
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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 21 Ratings
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  • J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    4.5 10 Ratings
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE91
    4.4 182 Ratings
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  • Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    4.0 11 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
    3.9 29 Ratings
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE90
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  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    4.6 16 Ratings
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
    • WE93
    3.6 77 Ratings
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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Mendocino, California
    • WE93
    3.7 6 Ratings
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • WE90
    4.2 89 Ratings
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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    4.1 242 Ratings
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  • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • WE92
    • WW90
    4.3 5 Ratings
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  • Banshee Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Banshee Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WE90
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • WW90
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    4.1 25 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
    • WW93
    • WE91
    4.4 47 Ratings
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  • 1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW90
    • WE90
    • WS90
    4.4 46 Ratings
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