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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 Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Torrin Akasha 2010 Front Label
    Torrin Akasha 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Silver Trentotto File Syrah 2010 Front Label
    Silver Trentotto File Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Keever Vineyards and Winery Syrah  2010  Front Label
    Keever Vineyards and Winery Syrah 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Syrah 2010  Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Syrah 2010
      Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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      • Terry Hoage Three-Four Syrah 2010 Front Label
        Terry Hoage Three-Four Syrah 2010
        Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Terry Hoage The Hedge Syrah 2010 Front Label
        Terry Hoage The Hedge Syrah 2010
        Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
        Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2010
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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        • TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard Reserve Syrah 2010  Front Label
          TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard Reserve Syrah 2010
          Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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          • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2010 Front Label
            Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2010
            Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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            • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2010 Front Label
              Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2010
              Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Shafer Relentless 2010  Front Label
              Shafer Relentless 2010
              Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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            • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2010 Front Label
              Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2010
              Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Larner Estate Syrah 2010 Front Label
              Larner Estate Syrah 2010
              Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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            • Alban Forsythe Vineyard The Mason Mourvedre 2010 Front Label
              Alban Forsythe Vineyard The Mason Mourvedre 2010
              Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2010  Front Label
                Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2010
                Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2010  Front Bottle Shot
                Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2010
                Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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