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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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  • Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gehricke Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Gehricke Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE90
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  • Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Martini Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Louis Martini Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
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