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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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  • Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • High Valley Vineyards Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    High Valley Vineyards Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Carlisle Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Carlisle Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Boneshaker Lodi Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Boneshaker Lodi Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Opaque Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Opaque Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Andis Amador County Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Andis Amador County Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Renwood Special Reserve Grandpere Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Renwood Special Reserve Grandpere Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Rabble Mossfire Ranch Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Rabble Mossfire Ranch Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Mike and Molly Hendry R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Mike and Molly Hendry R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Oak Farm Lodi Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Oak Farm Lodi Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Kunde Century Vines Reserve Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Kunde Century Vines Reserve Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
    • WE91
    3.8 12 Ratings
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