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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 For The Love Of It Syrah 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira (torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Oliveira (torn label) 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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    • Foley Estate Winery Syrah 2002 Front Label
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      • Shafer Relentless 2002  Front Label
        Shafer Relentless 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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      • Red Car Syrah Sugar Daddy 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Terre Rouge Ascent Syrah 2002 Front Label
        Terre Rouge Ascent Syrah 2002
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Kongsgaard Syrah 2002
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2002 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2002
          Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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