Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California

Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California
Lodi vintner Markus Bokisch has been growing Spanish grape varieties in his estate vineyards since the 1990s. (Michelle Drewes)
From the Dec 15, 2020, issue

The more than 100 wines here were tasted by senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec for the emerging California red varieties tasting report in the Dec. 15, 2020 issue of Wine Spectator magazine. For analysis of the latest vintages, and a chart of recommended wines, read Reds on the RiseWineSpectator.com members can find all reviews, with full tasting notes, in the Wine Ratings Search.

Wine Score Price
Akash
Malbec California Dreamville 2017 84 $39
Amador Cellars
Barbera Shenandoah Valley-California Fields Family Vineyards 2016 81 $32
Andis
Barbera Sierra Foothills d'Amador 2017 85 $25
Aperture
Alexander Valley 2017 92 $55
Bella Grace
1646 Amador County 2017 87 $22
Barbera Amador County 2017 86 $30
Bodega de Edgar
Tempranillo Paso Robles 2017 92 $40
Bokisch
Graciano Clements Hills Terra Alta Vineyard 2017 88 $27
Tempranillo Jahant Liberty Oaks Vineyard 2017 88 $29
August Briggs
Wishes Napa Valley 2015 88 $25
Broc Cellars
Counoise Mendocino County Eagle Point Ranch 2017 91 $27
Love Red North Coast 2019 87 $0
Old Vine Alexander Valley 2017 90 $30
Valdiguié Solano County Green Valley 2018 89 $32
Cabana
Barbera Shenandoah Valley-California Risk 2017 81 $35
Caliza
Sympatico Paso Robles Willow Creek District 2017 83 $60
Copaín
Trousseau North Coast Copain Estate 2019 89 $42
Cruse Wine Co.
Monkey Jacket North Coast 2018 89 $25
Tannat Mendocino Alder Springs 2018 88 $45
Dashe
Ancient Vines Old Vineyard Series Sonoma County 2017 86 $44
Carignane Contra Costa County Les Enfants Terribles Evangelho Vineyard Old Vines 2017 87 $32
Delta Reds California 2017 89 $24
Desparada
Nebbiolo Adelaida District Luna Matta 2017 87 $50
Sangiovese Santa Barbara County White Hawk 2017 88 $38
Soothsayer California 2017 92 $38
Devil Proof
Malbec Alexander Valley Farrow Ranch 2017 93 $175
Malbec Rockpile Rockpile Ridge 2017 90 $175
DG Cellars
Signature Blend Estate Reserve San Diego County 2017 87 $45
E16
Barbera El Dorado Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard 2017 87 $38
Eberle
Barbera Paso Robles Kokopelli Vineyard Steinbeck Vineyard Partridge Vineyard 2017 88 $36
Sangiovese Paso Robles Selby Vineyard Wine-Bush Vineyard 2017 87 $36
Enotria
Barbera Mendocino County 2016 89 $20
Dolcetto Mendocino County 2015 88 $20
Nebbiolo Mendocino County Collina Di Re 2013 86 $40
Essere Franco
No. 1 Winemaker's Blend Napa Valley 2016 88 $150
Ferdinand
Graciano California Poco Tinto Vista Luna Vineyard 2019 89 $25
Graciano Lodi Vista Luna Vineyard 2019 90 $25
Tempranillo California 2016 88 $30
Ferrari-Carano
Siena Sonoma County 2017 89 $22
Robert Foley
Charbono Napa Valley 2016 89 $38
Giornata
Aglianico Paso Robles French Camp Vineyard 2017 88 $30
Aglianico Paso Robles Luna Matta Vineyard 2017 88 $45
Barbera Paso Robles 2018 90 $25
Montepulciano Paso Robles 2018 90 $35
Nebbiolo Paso Robles Luna Matta Vineyard 2016 89 $45
Sangiovese Paso Robles 2017 87 $35
Graziano
Carignane Mendocino County 2016 87 $20
Robert Hall
Carignan Paso Robles Cavern Select 2018 84 $45
Tempranillo Paso Robles Cavern Select 2018 87 $45
Hawley
Nebbiolo Sonoma Valley Camporelli Vineyard Reserve 2016 86 $48
Hearst Ranch
Petit Verdot Paso Robles Pancho 2017 86 $45
Tempranillo Paso Robles Chileno 2017 86 $35
Hestan
Malbec Napa Valley Stephanie 2016 88 $65
Stephanie Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2016 90 $85
Stephanie Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2015 91 $85
Horse & Plow
Carignane Redwood Valley 2018 88 $30
Draft Horse Red North Coast 2018 90 $20
Kendric
Sangiovese Shenandoah Valley-California Reward Ranch 2016 88 $22
Kokomo
Malbec Dry Creek Valley Timber Crest Vineyard 2017 87 $38
Lava Cap
Barbera El Dorado County 2017 89 $25
Sangiovese El Dorado Matagrano Vineyards 2017 88 $25
Leo Steen
Casa Verde Redwood Valley 2018 89 $25
J. Lohr
Malbec El Pomar District Shotwell Vineyard 2018 90 $60
Petit Verdot Paso Robles Estrella District Home Ranch 2018 89 $45
Saint-Macaire Paso Robles Estrella District Buena Vista Ranch Vineyard 2018 88 $60
Valdiguié Arroyo Seco Wildflower 2019 88 $10
Luna
Canto Super Tuscan Napa Valley 2016 88 $76
Petit Verdot Napa Valley 2016 92 $70
Sangiovese Napa Valley Classico 2017 92 $42
Sangiovese Napa Valley Riserva 2017 92 $62
Marimar Estate
Tempranillo Russian River Valley Don Miguel Vineyard 2016 90 $53
Martha Stoumen
Carignan Mendocino County Venturi Vineyard 2019 88 $35
Mendocino Benchlands Mendocino County 2019 88 $35
Nero d'Avola Mendocino County 2018 91 $40
McClain
Chapter & Verse Reserve Santa Ynez Valley 2017 87 $62
Promise Keeper Reserve Santa Ynez Valley 2017 89 $60
Sangiovese Santa Ynez Valley Timeless 2017 89 $54
McManis
Barbera California Jamie Lynn Vineyard 2018 84 $12
Monte Volpe
Aglianico Mendocino County 2016 83 $35
Morgan
Tempranillo Arroyo Seco 2018 87 $24
Mt. Brave
Malbec Mount Veeder 2016 87 $85
Neyers
Sage Canyon California 2018 91 $30
1968 Cellars
Malbec Temecula Valley 2018 88 $58
Nebbiolo Temecula Valley 2018 90 $58
Opaque
Malbec Paso Robles 2017 89 $40
Malbec Paso Robles 2016 86 $40
Petit Verdot Paso Robles 2016 88 $40
Paraduxx
Cork Tree Vineyard Napa Valley 2016 90 $82
Red Atlas Peak 2016 92 $82
Preston
Barbera Dry Creek Valley 2018 85 $32
Quivira
Montepulciano-Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Wine Creek Ranch 2017 87 $42
Jeff Runquist
Barbera Amador County 2017 88 $25
Sabelli-Frisch
Alicante Bouschet Lodi Gordon W. 2018 88 $30
Mission Mokelumne River La Malinche 2018 91 $30
Saint Gregory
Pinot Meunier Mendocino County 2017 87 $20
Salt Of The Earth
Moscato California Red Sweet Rubino 2018 81 $12
Sans Wine Co.
Carignan Mendocino County Carbonic Poor Ranch Vineyards Coyote Rock Block 0 83 $0
Seghesio
Barbera Alexander Valley 2017 88 $38
Shooting Star
Barbera Lake County 2017 87 $15
Speckle Rock
Sangiovese-Merlot San Diego County 2017 84 $36
Chateau St. Jean
Eighty-Five Fifty-Five Cuvée Reserve Sonoma County 2016 89 $70
Tablas Creek
Tannat Adelaida District 2017 90 $40
Thacher
Cinsaut Adelaida District Glenrose Vineyard 2018 89 $36
Nebbiolo Adelaida District Glenrose Vineyard 2015 90 $52
Valdiguié Paso Robles Highlands District Nouveau Shell Creek Vineyards 2019 87 $28
Valdiguié Paso Robles Highlands District Shell Creek Vineyards 2018 89 $36
Unti
Montepulciano Dry Creek Valley 2017 88 $45
Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Riserva 2017 86 $70
Vine Cliff
Malbec Oakville 2017 89 $75
Wilson Creek
Malbec Temecula Valley Reserve 2017 87 $55
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