Best red wine in Northern California?!
Definitely the Le Mon vintage. It's an obscure line from Napa, but the rich taste is to die for. They have a website for ordering and that shows the locations nearest you where you can purchase the wine. Check them out at www.lemonparty.com
California have a good number of vineyard that produces quality red wine for less. Fortunately you have quite a number of red wine to pick from that I'm sure you will love sice California have lots of grape varieites for wine making. You could also make your own wine at home since your in California with lots of grapes, just think of what flavor you want for a wine and pick the right variety of grape for it. Here are some lists of great tasting wine:
2006 Husch Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer ($14)
Despite a hint of sweetness, this spicy white from the Anderson Valley’s oldest producer comes off as dry and focused, with peach and rose-petal notes.
2004 Three Families Mendocino Merlot ($14)
Full of plum and pepper, this Merlot from Mendocino expresses just what the varietal ought to: dark, ripe fruit with a slightly wild, spicy edge.
2005 Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon ($10)
Mendocino is known for cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, but this juicy red proves that good Cabernet grows there as well.
2007 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc ($13)
Winemaker Pat Henderson uses fruit from five different Sonoma appellations for this bright white. Its ripe flavors suggest fresh honeydew melon and a hint of smoke.
2007 Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel ($13)
This wine is Zinfandel at its jammy, blackberry-rich apogee, which is something that Amador County’s warm climate helps ensure.
2005 Trentadue Old Patch Red ($13)
This ripe, spicy blend of Zinfandel and other grapes is still partly sourced from the 1890s-era vineyard that inspired its name.
There is no "best". Taste is subjective. I may hate what you love and vice versa. Take advantage of your location and go to tasting rooms til you find something you love.
I'm a sommelier.