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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 2017  Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017  Front Label
    DuMOL Wild Mountainside Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP94
    • JD94
    • WS91
    • W&S90
    4.3 5 Ratings
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  • Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP90
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    • WS90
    3.7 199 Ratings
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  • Darioush Signature Shiraz 2017  Front Label
    Darioush Signature Shiraz 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP92
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  • Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WS92
    4.1 13 Ratings
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  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2017 Front Label
    Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • JD97
    • WS95
    • RP93
    4.5 28 Ratings
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  • Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2017 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JD98
    • V96
    • RP94
    • WS93
    4.7 15 Ratings
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  • Turtle Rock Vineyards G2 Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Turtle Rock Vineyards G2 Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • JD97
    • RP95
    • WS92
    4.5 7 Ratings
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  • Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WW91
    • WS90
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  • Tensley Santa Barbara Syrah 2017 Front Label
    Tensley Santa Barbara Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • WS93
    • JD93
    • RP91
    4.0 22 Ratings
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  • McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah 2017  Front Label
    McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    • WS89
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  • Lewis Cellars Ethan's Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Ethan's Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
    • WS92
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  • Margerum Uber Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Margerum Uber Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • WS92
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  • Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE95
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Carlisle Papa's Block Syrah 2017 Front Label
    Carlisle Papa's Block Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • JD98
    • WS94
    • RP91
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  • DuMOL Greywacke Vineyard Eddie's Patch Syrah 2017  Front Label
    DuMOL Greywacke Vineyard Eddie's Patch Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • JD96
    • RP94
    • WS92
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  • Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines The Initiation Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • WE96
    • RP93
    • WS92
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
    • JD99
    • RP98
    • JS96
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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