California Rhônes

Paso Robles and Santa Barbara take center stage on the Central Coast

California Rhônes
A longer season in 2019 gave Denner winemaker Anthony Yount the hang time required to produce expressive, flavorful reds. (Nicole Joy Kirkpatrick)
From the Oct 15, 2022, issue

California’s Rhône-style wines thrive throughout the state, whether it’s hearty reds made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre or floral whites from Viognier and Grenache Blanc. This diversity of locales and grape varieties is what keeps the wines interesting—and keeps consumers and winemakers coming back for more. Read Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish's report on the stellar 2019 harvest, including top wines and values from Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma.

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