- Posted by Wine Country
- On 12/29/2017
Not only surfing paradise and incredible colorful cities make this amazing state one-of-a-kind, it also has a very long tradition of great wines going back for generations.
As we all know by now, different varieties grow in different types of soil with diverse climate, which give birth to different distinct flavors of wine. California has got them all. There are more than 60 varieties of grapes planted in the whole state and all of them are used while making the wines. California´s wine heritage is really important and it has a wide variety of options to choose from. Among the most well-known we can find are the Bordeaux grape varieties such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. Also found in the Golden State are the Burgundy grape Pinot Noire, the white wine grape Chardonay, and the Rhone Valley grape varietals Syrah, Marsanne, Grenache and Mourvedre. These are only the most important ones; let´s take a deeper look at some of them:
- Cabernet Sauvignon: This grape is intense and dark-colored and it is the bestselling red wine in the United States today. It is a firm wine with a focused structure and some hints of dark fruits lingering at the bottom like blueberry or blackberry. This is the number two wine in California.
- Merlot: The fruity scent of this wine is the first thing that draws the attention. Behind that, the slightly herbal touches can be felt immediately. Don´t take it for granted, this wine is strong and can go with the most powerful of the almighty Cabernets, but is very approachable and invites drinkers.
- Cabernet Franc: If we could think of a sibling between the previous wines it would be the Cabernet Franc. This early maturing grape thrives in cooler mountainous environments and delivers herbaceous, yet fruity flavor with some character and firm structure.
- Malbec: This is a world classic grape grown in many countries around the world, but Californians will tell you that theirs is a classic on its own. This grape is also very used in Californian blends, but on its own, it is deep red with blackberry, plum, and a little pepper in the end.
- Syrah: This grape is very popular around the world and the most characteristic specifics about it is a hint of smoke combined with black pepper and some dark fruit flavors. The wine produced from this grape is a very complex and bold that feels smooth, yet fresh, rich and concentrated. It is no wonder why Syrah is so famous around the globe.
- Mourvedre: This grape favors warmer climate and that particular scenery makes it really versatile. The wine produced from it is sturdy and rich, very intense in flavor with some hints of blackberry and fruity aromas.
- Grenache: This is a very popular wine due to being the second most widely planted grape in the world. One of the reasons is because it is very versatile and another is that it produces a medium-body wine that is very inviting for its great variety of flavors. The fruity part is given by raspberry, blackberry, and cherry and it is followed by some touches of earth. This grape is perfect on its own but is also very common to be found in blended wines.
- Pinot Noir: Some say that in the flavor of this wine there are some hints of leather to be found along with some cherry and floral notes and a touch of earth. It is a very delicate wine with rich yet subtle and silky flavor that becomes intriguing. The grape favors cool climate and has a very tight bond with the breezy coastal regions where it is grown.