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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 Grandpere Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
    Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel 2003
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
      Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2003
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      • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
        Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2003
        Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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        • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
          Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
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          • Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
            Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2003
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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            • Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
              Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2003
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              • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2003
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                • Renwood Sierra Series Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                  Renwood Sierra Series Zinfandel 2003
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                  • Murphy-Goode Snake Eyes Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                    Murphy-Goode Snake Eyes Zinfandel 2003
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                    Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2003
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                    • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2003
                      Zinfandel from California
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                      • Rosenblum Cellars Richard Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                        Rosenblum Cellars Richard Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
                        Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                      • Rosenblum Cellars Continente Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                        Rosenblum Cellars Continente Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
                        Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                        • Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                          Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2003
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Wild Horse Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                          Wild Horse Zinfandel 2003
                          Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                          • Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                            Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
                            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                            • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                              Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2003
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                              • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2003
                                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                                • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                  Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2003
                                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                • Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                  Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2003
                                  Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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                                • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                  Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2003
                                  Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                    Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2003
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                                    • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                      Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 2003
                                      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                        Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2003
                                        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                        • Cline Zinfandel 2003 Front Label
                                          Cline Zinfandel 2003
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