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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 Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1b Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1b Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2005 Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pax Kobler Family Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Pax Kobler Family Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kongsgaard Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Kongsgaard Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Cherry Camp Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Cherry Camp Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Radio-Coteau La Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Radio-Coteau La Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Lillian Syrah 2005  Front Label
      Lillian Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from California
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    • Pax The Knob Syrah 2005 Front Label
      Pax The Knob Syrah 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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    • Pax Alder Springs Grenache 2005 Front Label
      Pax Alder Springs Grenache 2005
      Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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      • Pax Alder Springs Vineyard The Terraces Syrah 2005 Front Label
        Pax Alder Springs Vineyard The Terraces Syrah 2005
        Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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      • Pax Cuvee Keltie Syrah 2005 Front Label
        Pax Cuvee Keltie Syrah 2005
        Syrah/Shiraz from North Coast, California
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        • Pax Obsidian Syrah (torn label) 2005 Front Label
          Pax Obsidian Syrah (torn label) 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2005  Front Label
          Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2005  Front Label
          Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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        • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2005 Front Label
          Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • HdV Syrah 2005 Front Label
          HdV Syrah 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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          • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005  Front Label
            Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005
            Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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          • Foley Estate Winery Syrah 2005 Front Label
            Foley Estate Winery Syrah 2005
            Syrah/Shiraz from California
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          • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2005 Front Label
            Lagier Meredith Syrah 2005
            Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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          • Pax Cuvee Christine Syrah (3 Liter - etched label) 2005 Front Label
            Pax Cuvee Christine Syrah (3 Liter - etched label) 2005
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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