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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 Ode to E Syrah 2004  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Ode to E Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Havens Syrah Hudson Vineyard 2004 Front Label
    Havens Syrah Hudson Vineyard 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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    Sine Qua Non Poker Face Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Garretson Aisling Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Garretson Aisling Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Consilience Santa Barbara County Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Consilience Santa Barbara County Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Shafer Relentless 2004  Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Agharta Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Agharta Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from North Coast, California
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  • DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2004 Front Label
    DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ojai Thompson Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Ojai Thompson Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • TAZ Goat Rock Syrah 2004 Front Label
    TAZ Goat Rock Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Ojai Stolpman Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Ojai Stolpman Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Melville Donna's Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Melville Donna's Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Timbervine Vineyard Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Timbervine Vineyard Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pax The Terraces Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Pax The Terraces Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Mendocino, California
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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2004 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah (torn label) 2004 Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah (torn label) 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ojai Melville Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Ojai Melville Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2004 Front Label
    DuMOL Eddie's Patch Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Arrowood Kuljian Dry Creek Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Arrowood Kuljian Dry Creek Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Melville High Density Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Melville High Density Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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