8 Outstanding California Rhône-Style Reds

New reviews of Syrah- and Grenache-based wines from Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and beyond

8 Outstanding California Rhône-Style Reds
Vintner Doug Margerum (left) and winemaker Michael Miroballi model their flagship M5 wine after reds from France's Southern Rhône Valley. (Courtesy of Kim Reierson)
Feb 26, 2021

California's Rhône-style reds offer a lot to explore. They're made from a wide range of grapes, including Syrah, Grenache and less-known varieties like Counoise. And styles can vary significantly, from the bold and ripe to the restrained and appealingly earthy. There are several distinct versions and terrific values to discover in this week’s selection of newly released wines, which all earned 90 points or more on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale.

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