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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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  • Sine Qua Non Touche Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Touche Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Kongsgaard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Kongsgaard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2012 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Margerum Uber Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Margerum Uber Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Pax Griffin's Lair Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Pax Griffin's Lair Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Larner Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Larner Estate Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2012 Front Label
    DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Lagier Meredith Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Haley's Reserve Rockpile Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars Haley's Reserve Rockpile Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Dragonette Cellars MJM Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Dragonette Cellars MJM Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Andremily Syrah No. 1 2012  Front Label
    Andremily Syrah No. 1 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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