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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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  • 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 Male Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from 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 Estate Syrah Blend 2013 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Estate Syrah Blend 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Pax Griffin's Lair Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Pax Griffin's Lair Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2013 Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, 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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  • 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
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  • Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard Next of Kyn 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Bevan Cellars Moaveni Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Bevan Cellars Moaveni Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Bennett Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Andremily Syrah No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Andremily Syrah No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Lucia Vineyards Susan's Hill Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Susan's Hill Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Weill Vineyard Syrah Exposition 3 2013 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Weill Vineyard Syrah Exposition 3 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Weill Vineyard Syrah Exposition 2 2013 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Weill Vineyard Syrah Exposition 2 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • RP100
    • WS96
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