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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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  • Ridge York Creek Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
    Ridge York Creek Zinfandel 2004
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Brass Tacks Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
    Brass Tacks Zinfandel 2004
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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    • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
      Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2004
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Toad Hollow Cacophony Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
        Toad Hollow Cacophony Zinfandel 2004
        Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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        • Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
          Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2004
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
          • W&S90
          3.6 20 Ratings
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        • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
          Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2004
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
          • RP90
          • CG90
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        • Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
          Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2004
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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          • Renwood Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
            Renwood Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2004
            Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
              Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2004
              Zinfandel from North Coast, California
              • W&S90
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            • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
              Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
              • RP93
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            • Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
              Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2004
              Zinfandel from California
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              • Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                  3.3 15 Ratings
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                • Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                  Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2004
                  Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
                  • RP90
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                • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                  Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2004
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2004
                    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                    • Bocce Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                      Bocce Zinfandel 2004
                      Zinfandel from California
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                      • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                        Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2004
                        Zinfandel from California
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                        • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                          Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2004
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel (scuffed label) 2004 Front Label
                            Turley Old Vines Zinfandel (scuffed label) 2004
                            Zinfandel from California
                            • RP92
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                          • Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                            Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
                            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                            • Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                              Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004
                              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                              • RP90
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                            • Vina Robles Westside Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                              Vina Robles Westside Zinfandel 2004
                              Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                              • Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2004
                                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                                • CG91
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                              • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
                                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                                • Brassfield Round Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                                  Brassfield Round Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
                                  Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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