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California Red Wine

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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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  • Rabbit Ridge Sonoma Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Rabbit Ridge Sonoma Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Edmeades Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Edmeades Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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  • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vine Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vine Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Benziger Old Vines Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 1997  Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Cline Big Break Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Cline Big Break Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Fife Mendocino Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Fife Mendocino Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cline Bridgehead Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Cline Bridgehead Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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    Fife Old Vines Zinfandel 1997
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  • Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Alderbrook Winery Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Alderbrook Winery Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel (torn label) 1997  Front Label
    Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel (torn label) 1997
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Aida Zinfandel 1997 Front Label
    Turley Aida Zinfandel 1997
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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