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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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  • Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ex Post Facto Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Ex Post Facto Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria De Los Tecolotes 2019  Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Para Maria De Los Tecolotes 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards Ruben's Block Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards Hilltops Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Denner Syrah 2016  Front Label
      Denner Syrah 2016
      Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Stolpman Vineyards So Hot So Fresh Syrah 2019  Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards So Hot So Fresh Syrah 2019
      Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2019  Front Label
      Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2019
      Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2015  Front Label
      Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2015
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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    • Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Jada Vineyard Jersey Girl Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Neyers Garys' Vineyard Syrah 2017  Front Label
      Neyers Garys' Vineyard Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2019  Front Label
        Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2019
        Syrah/Shiraz from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Gust Syrah 2017 Front Label
        Gust Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Truchard Estate Syrah 2019  Front Label
        Truchard Estate Syrah 2019
        Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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        • Failla Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Vineyard Syrah 2019  Front Label
          Failla Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Vineyard Syrah 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Optik Block 11D1 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2019  Front Label
          Optik Block 11D1 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Martinelli Lolita Ranch Syrah 2016  Front Label
          Martinelli Lolita Ranch Syrah 2016
          Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          Stolpman Vineyards So Hot So Fresh Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2017  Front Label
            Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah 2017
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2018  Front Label
            Stolpman Vineyards Angeli Syrah 2018
            Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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