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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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  • CaliPaso Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
    CaliPaso Tempranillo 2014
    Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Verdad Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
      Verdad Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Tempranillo 2014
      Tempranillo from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
      Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo 2014
      Tempranillo from Lodi, California
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    • Rabble Mossfire Ranch Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
      Rabble Mossfire Ranch Tempranillo 2014
      Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • The Fableist Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
        The Fableist Tempranillo 2014
        Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Parador Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
        Parador Tempranillo 2014
        Tempranillo from Napa Valley, California
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      • Matchbook Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
        Matchbook Tempranillo 2014
        Tempranillo from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
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        • Hearst Ranch Chileno Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
          Hearst Ranch Chileno Tempranillo 2014
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          • Martian Gravitas Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
            Martian Gravitas Tempranillo 2014
            Tempranillo from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Verdad Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo  2014 Front Label
            Verdad Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 2014
            Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Castoro Cellars Whale Rock Vineyard Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
              Castoro Cellars Whale Rock Vineyard Tempranillo 2014
              Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Urban Legend Cellars Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                Urban Legend Cellars Tempranillo 2014
                Tempranillo from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                • Verdad Rock n Rojo Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
                  Verdad Rock n Rojo Tempranillo 2014
                  Tempranillo from Central Coast, California
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                • Booker Vineyard Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                  Booker Vineyard Tempranillo 2014
                  Tempranillo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Witch Creek Winery Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                  Witch Creek Winery Tempranillo 2014
                  Tempranillo from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • Coquerel Wines Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
                    Coquerel Wines Tempranillo 2014
                    Tempranillo from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Bodega de Edgar Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                      Bodega de Edgar Tempranillo 2014
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                      • Sunland Vintage Winery Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                        Sunland Vintage Winery Tempranillo 2014
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                        • 1851 Vineyards Grace Vineyards Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
                          1851 Vineyards Grace Vineyards Tempranillo 2014
                          Tempranillo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Longoria Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                            Longoria Tempranillo 2014
                            Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                            • Imagery Estate Winery Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                              Imagery Estate Winery Tempranillo 2014
                              Tempranillo from Pine Mountain, Sonoma County, California
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                              • Twisted Oak Winery Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                                Twisted Oak Winery Tempranillo 2014
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                                • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                                  Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Tempranillo 2014
                                  Tempranillo from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Miner Family Sierra Foothills Tempranillo 2014  Front Label
                                    Miner Family Sierra Foothills Tempranillo 2014
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                                    • De La Montanya Winery Calandrelli Vineyard Tempranillo 2014 Front Label
                                      De La Montanya Winery Calandrelli Vineyard Tempranillo 2014
                                      Tempranillo from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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