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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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  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
    Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2001
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
      Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2001
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2001
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      • Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2001  Front Bottle Shot
        Hartford Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2001
        Zinfandel from California
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        • Hartford Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel 2001  Front Bottle Shot
          Hartford Hartford Vineyard Zinfandel 2001
          Zinfandel from California
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        • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
          Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2001
          Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Clos du Bois Dry Creek Reserve Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
          Clos du Bois Dry Creek Reserve Zinfandel 2001
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Girard Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
            Girard Zinfandel 2001
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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          • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2001
            Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
            Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2001
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • La Crema Russian River Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
            La Crema Russian River Zinfandel 2001
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
              Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2001
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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              • J. Garcia Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                J. Garcia Zinfandel 2001
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2001  Front Label
                  Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2001
                  Zinfandel from California
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                • Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                  Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2001
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Ferrari-Carano Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                    Ferrari-Carano Dry Creek Zinfandel 2001
                    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                      Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2001
                      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                      Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2001
                      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Edmeades Piffero Vineyard Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                      Edmeades Piffero Vineyard Zinfandel 2001
                      Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                    • Alderbrook Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                      Alderbrook Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2001
                      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Neyers Pato Ranch Zinfandel 2001
                        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Fife Mendocino Uplands Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                        Fife Mendocino Uplands Zinfandel 2001
                        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2001 Front Label
                        Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2001
                        Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                        • Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2001 Front Label
                          Renwood Grandmere Zinfandel 2001
                          Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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