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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 Dragon Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2007 Front Label
    Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rancho Zabaco Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • RP92
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  • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • RP90
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  • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from California
    • RP90
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  • Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Hartford Russian River Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
    • CG96
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