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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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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  • Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
    Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel 1995
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 1995
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Foppiano Zinfandel Dry Creek 1995 Front Label
      Foppiano Zinfandel Dry Creek 1995
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Sonoma Creek Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
        Sonoma Creek Zinfandel 1995
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        • Trentadue Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
          Trentadue Zinfandel 1995
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          • A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
            A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel 1995
            Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Edmeades Ciafusci Zinfandel 1995
            Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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            • Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 1995  Front Label
              Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 1995
              Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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              • Ridge Dusi Ranch Zinfandel 1995 Front Label
                Ridge Dusi Ranch Zinfandel 1995
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 1995  Front Label
                  Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 1995
                  Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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