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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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  • Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2004  Front Label
    Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2004
    Rhone Red Blends from York Mountain, Central Coast, California
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    • Linne Calodo Slacker 2004 Front Bottle Shot
      Linne Calodo Slacker 2004
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Le Mistral 2004
      Rhone Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Denner The Ditch Digger 2004 Front Label
        Denner The Ditch Digger 2004
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Fife L'Attitude 39 2004 Front Label
        Fife L'Attitude 39 2004
        Rhone Red Blends from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Concannon Limited Release Stampmaker's Syrah 2004 Front Label
        Concannon Limited Release Stampmaker's Syrah 2004
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2004 Front Label
          Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2004
          Rhone Red Blends from Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2004 Front Label
            Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2004
            Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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            • Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2004 Front Label
              Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2004
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2004 Front Label
              Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2004
              Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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              • Saxum Broken Stones 2004  Front Label
                Saxum Broken Stones 2004
                Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Epiphany Revelation Red 2004 Front Label
                Epiphany Revelation Red 2004
                Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                • Wattle Creek The Triple Play 2004 Front Label
                  Wattle Creek The Triple Play 2004
                  Rhone Red Blends from North Coast, California
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                  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2004 Front Label
                    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2004
                    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                  • Agharta Black Label Red 2004 Front Label
                    Agharta Black Label Red 2004
                    Rhone Red Blends from North Coast, California
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                  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2004  Front Label
                    Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2004
                    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie 2004  Front Label
                      Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie 2004
                      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                      • Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2004 Front Label
                        Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2004
                        Rhone Red Blends from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                        • Starry Night Winery California Adara 2004 Front Label
                          Starry Night Winery California Adara 2004
                          Rhone Red Blends from California
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                          • Foxen Cuvee Jeanne Marie 2004  Front Label
                            Foxen Cuvee Jeanne Marie 2004
                            Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                            • Carina Cellars Clairvoyant 2004 Front Label
                              Carina Cellars Clairvoyant 2004
                              Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                              • SummerWood Diosa Red 2004 Front Label
                                SummerWood Diosa Red 2004
                                Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                • Kongsgaard Grenache - Syrah 2004 Front Label
                                  Kongsgaard Grenache - Syrah 2004
                                  Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Andrew Murray Roasted Slope 2004 Front Label
                                    Andrew Murray Roasted Slope 2004
                                    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                    • Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2004 Front Label
                                      Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2004
                                      Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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