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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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  • Anthill Farms Syrah 2012  Front Label
    Anthill Farms Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
      • RP98
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    • Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Lafond SRH Series Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Pax Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
      • RP94
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    • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
      • RP96
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    • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2012 Front Label
      Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
      • RP97
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    • Rare Cat Wines Syrah 2012  Front Label
      Rare Cat Wines Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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      • Joseph Phelps Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
        • RP93
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      • Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Big Basin Old Corral Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
        • V93
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        • RP91
        4.2 6 Ratings
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      • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
        • WS93
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      • Qupe Santa Barbara County Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Qupe Santa Barbara County Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
        • WE90
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      • Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Baker Lane Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • W&S92
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      • Kongsgaard Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Kongsgaard Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
        • RP99
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      • Rancho Sisquoc Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Rancho Sisquoc Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
        • WE90
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      • Qupe Central Coast Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
        Qupe Central Coast Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012 Front Label
        Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012
        Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Clos LaChance Syrah 2012 Front Label
          Clos LaChance Syrah 2012
          Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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          • Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah 2012
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
            • WE94
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          • Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2012 Front Label
            Jonata La Sangre de Jonata 2012
            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
            • RP97
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          • Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Syrah 2012
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • WE94
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          • Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2012 Front Label
            Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2012
            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
              Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2012
              Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
              • RP92
              • WE90
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            • Qupe Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
              Qupe Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
              Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
              • WE90
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