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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 The Hated Hunter Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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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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  • 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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  • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard (1.5L Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard (1.5L Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Syrah M & Grenache E (2, 1.5 Liter Magnums in OWC) 2015  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Syrah M & Grenache E (2, 1.5 Liter Magnums in OWC) 2015
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  • DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Syrah M (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Syrah M (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Syrah (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Syrah (1.5L Magnum) 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
      Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
      Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
      Jonata La Sangre de Jonata (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2013  Front Label
        Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Andremily Syrah No. 3 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
          Andremily Syrah No. 3 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
          Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
          Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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          • Andremily Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
            Andremily Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
              Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
              Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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              • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
                Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
                Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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                • Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
                  Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
                  Syrah/Shiraz from California
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                • Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
                  Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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                • Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
                  Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Sine Qua Non Ratsel 16 Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
                  Sine Qua Non Ratsel 16 Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
                  Syrah/Shiraz from California
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                • Sine Qua Non Distenta I Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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                  • Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label) 2008 Front Label
                    Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum - torn label) 2008
                    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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