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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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  • Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
    Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Rosenblum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Rosenblum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
      • RP94
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    • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
      • RP97
      • WS94
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    • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • RP92
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    • Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014  Front Bottle Shot
      Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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      • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from California
        • RP91
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      • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP96
        • WS93
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      • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2014  Front Bottle Shot
          Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • RP93
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        • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel  2014 Front Label
          Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
          • WS96
          • RP95
          • WE93
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        • Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Peter Franus Red Hills Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
            Peter Franus Red Hills Zinfandel 2014
            Zinfandel from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Noble Tree Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
              Noble Tree Zinfandel 2014
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                • RP95
                • WS93
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              • LangeTwins Lewis Vineyard Centennial Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
                LangeTwins Lewis Vineyard Centennial Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
                • WE93
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              • Sean Minor H. Mynors Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Sean Minor H. Mynors Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from California
                • WW89
                4.2 13 Ratings
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              • Calcareous Vineyard Twisted Paso Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Calcareous Vineyard Twisted Paso Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • WW89
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              • Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, 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
                  • WE90
                  • TP90
                  3.1 9 Ratings
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                • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
                  • RP92
                  • WW91
                  4.4 37 Ratings
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                • Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
                  • WW90
                  3.3 22 Ratings
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                • Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
                  Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                  • W&S91
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                • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
                  • RP91
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