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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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  • 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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  • Copain Les Voisins Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Copain Les Voisins Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Crunchy Roastie 2020  Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Crunchy Roastie 2020
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Shafer Relentless 2017  Front Label
      Shafer Relentless 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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      • RP92
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    • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Pax North Coast Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Pax North Coast Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from North Coast, California
      • V90
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    • Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Klinker Brick Lodi Farrah Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Klinker Brick Lodi Farrah Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Lodi, California
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      • PlumpJack Syrah 2018  Front Label
        PlumpJack Syrah 2018
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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        • WS92
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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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        • Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018  Front Label
          Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
          • JD94
          • RP92
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        • Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2019  Front Label
          Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • V93
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        • Michael David Winery Sixth Sense Syrah 2018 Front Label
          Michael David Winery Sixth Sense Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Lodi, California
          • WE90
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        • Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2018  Front Label
          Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Truchard Estate Syrah 2018  Front Label
          Truchard Estate Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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        • Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria De Los Tecolotes 2018  Front Label
          Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria De Los Tecolotes 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
          • WE92
          • RP90
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        • Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
          Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2016
          Syrah/Shiraz from Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
          • WE92
          • WS92
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        • DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017  Front Label
          DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
          • WE95
          • RP94
          • JD94
          • WS91
          • W&S90
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        • Denner Syrah 2016  Front Label
          Denner Syrah 2016
          Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • WE94
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        • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015  Front Label
          Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
          • JD91
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        • Failla Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2019  Front Label
          Failla Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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          • Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
            Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2018
            Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, 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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          • Gust Syrah 2017 Front Label
            Gust Syrah 2017
            Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • TP94
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          • Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2016  Front Label
            Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2016
            Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • D93
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