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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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  • Preston Parker Brave 2013 Front Label
    Preston Parker Brave 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2013 Front Label
      Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2013
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Saxum Broken Stones 2013 Front Label
      Saxum Broken Stones 2013
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • RP96
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    • Alban Pandora 2013 Front Label
      Alban Pandora 2013
      Rhone Red Blends from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • RP99
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    • Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2013 Front Label
      Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2013
      Rhone Red Blends from Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2013 Front Label
        Saxum Booker Vineyard 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP98
        • WS97
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      • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2013 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • WE93
        • CG91
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      • Relic Wine Cellars Ritual 2013 Front Label
        Relic Wine Cellars Ritual 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • WS91
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      • Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard 2013 Front Label
        Saxum Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP98
        • WS95
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      • Herman Story Casual Encounters 2013 Front Label
        Herman Story Casual Encounters 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from California
        • WE95
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      • Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013 Front Label
        Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Mendocino, California
        • W&S93
        • WE92
        • WW90
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      • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2013 Front Label
        Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • RP97
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      • Wild Horse GSM 2013 Front Label
        Wild Horse GSM 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Estancia Reserve GSM 2013 Front Label
          Estancia Reserve GSM 2013
          Rhone Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Comartin Cellars The Porterhouse 2013 Front Label
            Comartin Cellars The Porterhouse 2013
            Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
            • WE91
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          • Kaleidos Morpheus 2013 Front Label
            Kaleidos Morpheus 2013
            Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • WE93
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          • Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2013 Front Label
            Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2013
            Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • WW89
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          • Windy Oaks Night Owl Red Wine 2013 Front Label
            Windy Oaks Night Owl Red Wine 2013
            Rhone Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Anaba Turbine Red 2013 Front Label
              Anaba Turbine Red 2013
              Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2013 Front Label
                Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2013
                Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • RP97
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              • Hahn GSM 2013 Front Label
                Hahn GSM 2013
                Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
                • WE88
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              • Sarah's Vineyard Madonne GSM 2013  Front Label
                Sarah's Vineyard Madonne GSM 2013
                Rhone Red Blends from Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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                • Complicated Red Blend 2013 Front Label
                  Complicated Red Blend 2013
                  Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                  • Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee 2013 Front Label
                    Kale Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee 2013
                    Rhone Red Blends from Fountaingrove District, Sonoma County, California
                    • WE91
                    • WS90
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                  • Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2013 Front Label
                    Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2013
                    Rhone Red Blends from San Benito, Central Coast, California
                    • WS90
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