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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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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Neyers Syrah Sonoma Coast Old Lakeville Road 2009 Front Label
    Neyers Syrah Sonoma Coast Old Lakeville Road 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Donelan Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Donelan Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Foxen Williamson Dore Vineyard Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Foxen Williamson Dore Vineyard Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Copain Les Voisins Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Copain Les Voisins Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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  • Andrew Murray Watch Hill Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Andrew Murray Watch Hill Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Jaffurs Santa Barbara Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Jaffurs Santa Barbara Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • DuMOL Jack Robert's Run Syrah 2009  Front Label
    DuMOL Jack Robert's Run Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bonny Doon Bien Nacido X-Block Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Bien Nacido X-Block Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2009 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Torrin Akasha 2009 Front Label
    Torrin Akasha 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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