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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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  • Meyer Family Cellars Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Meyer Family Cellars Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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    • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2013  Front Label
      Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2013
      Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2013 Front Label
        Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2013 Front Label
        Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2013
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
          Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2013
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Cakebread Suscol Spring Vineyard Syrah 2013  Front Label
          Cakebread Suscol Spring Vineyard Syrah 2013
          Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
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          • TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard 2013  Front Label
            TOR ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard 2013
            Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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            • Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard 2013 Front Label
              Sine Qua Non Syrah Le Supplement Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
              • RP100
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            • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Sine Qua Non Male Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from California
              • RP98
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            • Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (slightly torn label) 2013 Front Label
              Sine Qua Non Male Syrah (slightly torn label) 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from California
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            • Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
              • WS94
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            • Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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              • WS90
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            • Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
              • RP92
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            • Jeff Cohn Cellars Domaine des Chirats Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Jeff Cohn Cellars Domaine des Chirats Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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            • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Joseph Phelps Syrah 2013 Front Label
              Joseph Phelps Syrah 2013
              Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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              • Bien Nacido Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
                Bien Nacido Estate Syrah 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                • WE92
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              • Booker Vineyard Estate Syrah Blend 2013 Front Label
                Booker Vineyard Estate Syrah Blend 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Syrah 2013 Front Label
                Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Syrah 2013
                Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Alban Lorraine Estate Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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                • Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Ramey Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • WS92
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                • Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Stolpman Vineyards Originals Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
                  • RP93
                  • WW93
                  • WE92
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                • Rudius Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Rudius Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
                  • RP94
                  • WS91
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                • Piedrasassi Santa Barbara County Syrah 2013 Front Label
                  Piedrasassi Santa Barbara County Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2013  Front Label
                  Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2013
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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