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15 Outstanding California Reds

New reviews of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel from Sonoma
MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: October 25, 2010

Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are at opposite ends of the red wine spectrum. Pinot Noir grapes are thin-skinned and delicate, and the wines are often made with finesse and elegance. Zinfandel grapes are thick skinned but ripen unevenly, with wines that range from jammy, zesty, wild berry styles to more sophisticated versions. Despite their differences, both these grapes happen to do very well in Sonoma. Here we take a closer look at some examples of these outstanding wines from our recent tastings in the Napa office.

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