Warm days, cool nights, and diverse soil types make Paso Robles an extraordinary place to cultivate world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark and rich—Paso Cab is far bolder than grapes grown in other California regions. In fact, the grape is so popular that it constitutes nearly 50% of all red-grape plantings across Paso Robles AVA with Chardonnay being the most planted white variety. For context, Paso wine country includes over 40,000 vineyard acres within the 614,000 total acres of the Paso Robles AVA.
The Allure of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
A blend of winemaking finesse and the ideal climate make Paso Robles award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon country. The difference between the daytime high and night time ranges between 40°F and 50°F—the most dramatic growing season diurnal temperature shift of any California wine region. It also happens to mirror the growing conditions of Bordeaux, France.
Complex and velvety with incredible aging potential, it's no wonder the market demand is so high. According to the knowledgeable team at Wine Folly
, "Expect rich, sweet, berry flavors of blueberry and black currant liqueur (cassis), floral, minty notes, whiffs of crushed gravel, and black peppercorn. You can also find a few producers who make a more jammy style with more berry, vanilla, chocolate, and cedar-like notes. On the palate, a high-quality Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the boldest options. It has all the things: high tannin, full-body, lots of acidity, and high alcohol to fill your palate. The finish can last as long as a minute."
Fruit-forward, Paso Cab is the perfect cocktail wine to savor on its own. However, if you're looking to pair it with a dish, consider classics like a rich steak or barbequed pork ribs. Black pepper and elements of umami (think mushrooms) also offer a delectable contrast against the high-alcohol wine.
Jenny's Top 10 Paso Cab Picks
Paso Robles Wine Country Living
Exceptional terroir and in-demand fruit make Paso Robles the place to plant your dreams. The best vineyards on Paso’s in-demand westside go for $50,000 to $120,000 an acre—about a third of the cost of land in Napa. Plus, land is available.
Equipped with decades of vineyard real estate expertise and a leading-edge marketing team (photography, videography, copywriting, and more!), Jenny Heinzen Real Estate is a reliable resource you can count on. You’re invited to connect with Jenny directly at 805-610-6741 or [email protected]
Paso Robles Vineyard Real Estate
California's #1 vineyard broker, Jenny Heinzen is the best agent for wine industry clients, investment funds, and high-net-worth individuals. Beyond owning a vineyard in Paso Robles' Willow Creek AVA, she is co-owner of the California Central Coast’s premier vineyard advisory and farm management company. Clients benefit from her long-standing relationships and insider wine industry knowledge across the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area.
Equipped with over two decades of insider expertise and $250+ million in closed real estate transactions, she’s sold over 7,800 acres of vineyard & winery property across 45 transactions. Rely on Jenny to achieve your most ambitious goals.