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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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  • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Epiphany Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Epiphany Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Relic Wine Cellars Scarpa Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Relic Wine Cellars Scarpa Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Rusack Ballard Canyon Estate Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Rusack Ballard Canyon Estate Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ex Post Facto Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Ex Post Facto Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • RP90
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  • DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2016  Front Label
    DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2016  Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS93
    • WS92
    4.5 36 Ratings
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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2016  Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • RP93
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  • Sine Qua Non Ratsel 16 Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Ratsel 16 Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Krupp Brothers Estates Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Krupp Brothers Estates Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • PharaohMoans Syrah 2016  Front Label
    PharaohMoans Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Ojai Santa Barbara Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Ojai Santa Barbara Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • JD92
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  • Ojai Roll Ranch Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Ojai Roll Ranch Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    • CG91
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley 2016  Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE92
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  • Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Alban Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • WS92
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  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • JD97
    • WS94
    4.3 12 Ratings
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  • Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Saint K Days Gone By Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Saint K Days Gone By Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • JD92
    • WE92
    3.9 11 Ratings
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