Open Range

Led by Syrah, California Rhônes expand the map for distinctive reds

Open Range
Shafer’s winemaker Elias Fernandez harvests the Syrah grapes for Relentless from an estate vineyard located south of the winery, in the white powdery soils in the mountains east of the valley. (Meg Smith)
From the May 31, 2021, issue

Among wine lovers and winemakers alike, Rhône-style red blends—made from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and lesser-known grapes like Carignan and Cinsault—have a passionate following. In California, recent vintages offer excellent quality and some of the most reliable values on retail shelves. Get senior editor Tim Fish’s analysis of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages, vintage ratings and recommended top wines and top values.

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