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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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  • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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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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  • 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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  • Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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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  • TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard 2013  Front Label
    TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, 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
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    • Dutton-Goldfield Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
      Dutton-Goldfield Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2013
      Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2013 Front Label
      Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2013
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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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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    • Cep Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
      Cep Estate Syrah 2013
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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      • Lillian Syrah 2013 Front Label
        Lillian Syrah 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from 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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      • Manzoni Home Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
        Manzoni Home Vineyard Syrah 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Piedrasassi Sebastiano Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
          Piedrasassi Sebastiano Vineyard Syrah 2013
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Sinor-LaVallee White Label Syrah 2013 Front Label
            Sinor-LaVallee White Label Syrah 2013
            Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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            • Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Wind Gap Nellessen Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
                Wind Gap Nellessen Vineyard Syrah 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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              • Longboard Russian River Syrah 2013 Front Label
                Longboard Russian River Syrah 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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