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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 Buck Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014
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    Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2010
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    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from California
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    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 1996
    Zinfandel from California
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    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Turley Vineyard 101 Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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