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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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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from California
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  • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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    • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
      • W&S94
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    • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • GEN5 Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
      GEN5 Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • WW90
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    • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
      Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • WW89
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    • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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      • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
        • WW92
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      • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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        • Kokomo  Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Kokomo Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
          Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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        • Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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          • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
            Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
            • JD92
            • WW91
            4.0 29 Ratings
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