California Red Wine
Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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!
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (chipped wax capsules) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
Dominus Estate 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Ridge Monte Bello 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from California
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (9 Liter Bottle) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1989Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Price per bottleCurrently Unavailable $399.97Try the 2014 Vintage 549 97399 97399 97Save $0.00 (0%)