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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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  • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Rudius Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Rudius Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (slightly torn label) 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (slightly torn label) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Alban Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Alban Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Booker Vineyard Estate Syrah Blend 2013 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Estate Syrah Blend 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Piedrasassi Santa Barbara County Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Piedrasassi Santa Barbara County Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2013  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    • RP93
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Andremily Syrah No. 2 2013  Front Bottle Shot
    Andremily Syrah No. 2 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2013 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sans Liege Long Way Home Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Sans Liege Long Way Home Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ojai Roll Ranch Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Ojai Roll Ranch Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • RP91
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  • Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Dragonette Cellars Seven Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Dragonette Cellars Seven Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Cattleya Wines Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chasseur Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Chasseur Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Booker Vineyard Fracture 24 Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Fracture 24 Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP100
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