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California Red Wine

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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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  • Shafer Relentless 2007 Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Donkey & Goat  The Recluse Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Donkey & Goat The Recluse Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from North Coast, California
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  • Davis Family Vineyards Guyzer Block Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Davis Family Vineyards Guyzer Block Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Olson Ogden Unti Vineyard Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Olson Ogden Unti Vineyard Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Olson Ogden Sonoma/Napa Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Olson Ogden Sonoma/Napa Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Samsara Melville Vineyard Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Samsara Melville Vineyard Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Hahn SLH Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Hahn SLH Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • BearBoat Syrah 2007 Front Label
    BearBoat Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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  • Olson Ogden Stagecoach Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Olson Ogden Stagecoach Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Novy Napa Valley Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Novy Napa Valley Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2007 Front Label
    Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Donkey & Goat  Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah 2007 Front Label
    Donkey & Goat Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sierra Foothills, California
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