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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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 Syrah Piranha Waterdance 2014  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Piranha Waterdance 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Piranha Waterdance (1.5L Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Piranha Waterdance (1.5L Magnum) 2014
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  • Dragonette Cellars Seven Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Dragonette Cellars Seven Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Syrah Ethan's Blend 2014 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Syrah Ethan's Blend 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Margerum Uber Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Margerum Uber Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Lagier Meredith Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Domaine des Chirats Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars Domaine des Chirats Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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  • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Hudson Vineyard South T'n'S Blocks Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Hudson Vineyard South T'n'S Blocks Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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