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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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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Matchbook Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Matchbook Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
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    • Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Eric Kent Kalen's Big Boy Blend Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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      • Qupe Bien Nacido Syrah 2011 Front Label
        Qupe Bien Nacido Syrah 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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        • Joseph Swan Trenton Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
          Joseph Swan Trenton Estate Vineyard Syrah 2011
          Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2011 Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2011
          Syrah/Shiraz from California
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          • Neyers Cuvee d'Honneur Syrah 2011 Front Label
            Neyers Cuvee d'Honneur Syrah 2011
            Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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            • Quivira Wine Creek Ranch Syrah 2011 Front Label
              Quivira Wine Creek Ranch Syrah 2011
              Syrah/Shiraz from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
                Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2011
                Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
                • JS94
                • RP94
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              • Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
                Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Vineyard Syrah 2011
                Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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                • Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
                  Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2011
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
                  • RP91
                  • WE91
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                • Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah 2011 Front Label
                  Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah 2011
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2011 Front Label
                    Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2011
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2011 Front Label
                    Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2011
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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                  • Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2011 Front Label
                    Ojai White Hawk Syrah 2011
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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                  • Donkey & Goat  The Recluse Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
                    Donkey & Goat The Recluse Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah 2011
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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                    • Autonom Law of Proportions Syrah 2011 Front Label
                      Autonom Law of Proportions Syrah 2011
                      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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                      • Red Car Sonoma Coast Syrah 2011 Front Label
                        Red Car Sonoma Coast Syrah 2011
                        Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Margerum Uber Syrah 2011 Front Label
                        Margerum Uber Syrah 2011
                        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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                      • Smoking Loon Syrah 2011 Front Label
                        Smoking Loon Syrah 2011
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