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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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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bear Flag Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Bear Flag Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • XYZin Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    XYZin Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from California
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  • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from California
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        • Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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        • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • W&S92
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        • Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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