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9 Striking Rhône-Style California Reds

New reviews of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre for $40 or less
Kevin and Kathy Skinner started their wine venture after they came across the historic winemaking town of Skinners, Calif., in El Dorado County, whose founder they found out Kevin was related to.
Andy Schocken
Kevin and Kathy Skinner started their wine venture after they came across the historic winemaking town of Skinners, Calif., in El Dorado County, whose founder they found out Kevin was related to.
Tim Fish
Posted: December 17, 2018


There's no such thing as a typical California Rhône-style red. Syrah, the key grape, is distinctly pliable to a range of growing conditions and winemaking styles, making everything from potent and dark gamy reds to jammy and soft fruit bombs. This week's selection of new releases proves that point with a lively cross-section of personalities, regions and grapes. Get the scores and tasting notes!

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