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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 Dusi Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2011
    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 Pesenti Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2011
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    • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Denner Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
      Denner Zinfandel 2011
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      • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
        Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2011
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
        Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2011
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        • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2011
          Zinfandel from California
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        • Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2011
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
          Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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          • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from California
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          • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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          • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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          • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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          • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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