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California Red Wine

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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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  • Saxum Broken Stones 2006 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2006 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2006 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2006  Front Label
      Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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      • Anaba Coriol Red 2006 Front Label
        Anaba Coriol Red 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2006 Front Label
        L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2006 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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      • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2006 Front Label
        Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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      • Linne Calodo Slacker 2006 Front Label
        Linne Calodo Slacker 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
        Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
          Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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          • Pax Cuvee Moriah Syrah 2006 Front Label
            Pax Cuvee Moriah Syrah 2006
            Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2006 Front Label
              Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2006
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              • Donkey & Goat  Three Thirteen 2006 Front Label
                Donkey & Goat Three Thirteen 2006
                Rhone Red Blends from California
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                • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 32 Month Barrel Age Red 2006 Front Label
                  Saxum James Berry Vineyard 32 Month Barrel Age Red 2006
                  Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • R Wines Amazed 2006 Front Label
                  R Wines Amazed 2006
                  Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie 2006  Front Label
                    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2006 Front Label
                    Saxum Booker Vineyard 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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                  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2006 Front Label
                    Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Alban Pandora 2006 Front Label
                    Alban Pandora 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2006 Front Label
                    Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Cashmere Red 2006 Front Label
                    Cashmere Red 2006
                    Rhone Red Blends from California
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                    • Booker Vineyard Alchemist 30 2006 Front Label
                      Booker Vineyard Alchemist 30 2006
                      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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