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California Rhônes’ Savory Allure

New grapes and styles set the tone in a cool 2010 harvest
James Laube
Issue: March 31, 2013

The 2010 vintage took the expanding world of California Rhône-style wines in new directions. It was the coolest growing season in recent memory, resulting in flavor profiles favoring the savory side of Syrah and its peers. As California Rhônes continue to grow in number, many vintners are experimenting with different varieties in search of more distinctive wines. The 2010 vintage is their latest testing ground. Wine Spectator's James Laube offers his assessment.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands February 26, 2013.

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