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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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  • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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    Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014  Front Bottle Shot
    Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
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  • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel  2014 Front Label
    Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Ottimino Rancho Bello Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ottimino Rancho Bello Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Bedrock Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Bedrock Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ottimino Biglieri Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ottimino Biglieri Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ottimino Estate Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ottimino Estate Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Cassata Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars Cassata Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mauritson Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Mauritson Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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  • Saini Apple Block Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Saini Apple Block Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Estate Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Estate Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Sadie Upton Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Sadie Upton Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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