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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 2014 Front Label
    Saxum Broken Stones 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum Booker Vineyard 2014 Front Label
    Saxum Booker Vineyard 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Booker Vineyard Fulldraw 24 2014 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Fulldraw 24 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2014 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2014 Front Label
    Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • RP96
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  • Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2014 Front Label
    Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Keplinger La Caldera 2014 Front Label
    Keplinger La Caldera 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Hahn GSM 2014 Front Label
    Hahn GSM 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum G2 Vineyard 2014 Front Label
    Saxum G2 Vineyard 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • The Withers Bel Canto GSM 2014 Front Label
    The Withers Bel Canto GSM 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Anaba Turbine Red 2014 Front Label
    Anaba Turbine Red 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Booker Vineyard Oublie 2014 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Oublie 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Saxum G2 Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Denner The Ditch Digger 2014 Front Label
    Denner The Ditch Digger 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Keplinger Lithic 2014 Front Label
    Keplinger Lithic 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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