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California Red Wine

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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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  • PlumpJack Syrah 2018  Front Label
    PlumpJack Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Truchard Estate Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Truchard Estate Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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  • Gust Syrah 2017 Front Label
    Gust Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Fess Parker Santa Barbara Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Fess Parker Santa Barbara Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah 2020  Front Label
    J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah 2020
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Neyers Garys' Vineyard Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Neyers Garys' Vineyard Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2020  Front Label
      Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2020
      Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards So Hot So Fresh Syrah 2019  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards So Hot So Fresh Syrah 2019
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2015  Front Label
      Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2015
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2019  Front Label
      Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2019
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Ex Post Facto Syrah 2020  Front Label
      Ex Post Facto Syrah 2020
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2020  Front Label
        Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2020
        Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2019  Front Label
        Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2019
        Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2018  Front Label
        Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2018
        Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Klinker Brick Lodi Farrah Syrah 2019  Front Label
        Klinker Brick Lodi Farrah Syrah 2019
        Syrah/Shiraz from Lodi, California
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      • Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017  Front Label
        Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Denner Syrah 2016  Front Label
          Denner Syrah 2016
          Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2018  Front Label
          Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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