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USA: U.S. Red Rhone Varietals (Rhone Rangers)

Who in the World are the Rhône Rangers?
The Rhône Rangers are a hearty band of U.S. vintners who have been planting and promoting lesser known varietals from France’s Rhône Valley as opposed to the chocolate and vanilla of the wine world—Cabernet and Chardonnay. Instead, they sing the praises of wines such as Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignane. Syrah and Mourvedre tend to be full-bodied, rich, and flavorful reds while Grenache and Carignane tend to the lighter side of the spectrum. Additionally, we have included Petite Sirah. Although not technically a Rhône varietal (its origins are a matter of dispute), Petite Sirah, like Zinfandel, has become a California original. Often made from plots planted at the turn of the century, California’s best Petite Sirahs often outperform the more hyped (but younger) plantings of Syrah. Rich, tannic, and dense, Petite Sirah is a real mouthful, and offers one of the best values in California wine today.

Premier Producers
Adelaida (Syrah)
Alban (Syrah & Grenache)
Bonny Doon (Le Cigare Volant)
David Bruce (Shell Creek Vineyard Petite Syrah)
Cakebread (Syrah)
Cayuse (Syrah)
Cline (Ancient Vines Mourvedre & Small Berry Mourvedre)
Columbia Crest (Reserve Syrah)
Dehlinger (Syrah)
DeLille (Syrah)
Edmunds St. John (Syrah)
Jaffurs (Syrah)
Kathryn Kennedy (Syrah)
LinCourt (Syrah)
McCrea (Syrah)
Ojai (Syrah)
Joseph Phelps (Le Mistral & Syrah)
Qupé (Bien Nacido Syrah)
Ridge (York Creek Petite Sirah)
Santa Barbara Winery (Syrah)
Signorello (Syrah)
Stags’ Leap Winery (Petite Sirah)
Stillman Brown (Petite Sirah)
Swanson (Syrah)
Thackrey (Orion Syrah)
Truchard (Syrah)

Great Producers
Babcock (Black Label Syrah)
Beaulieu (Syrah)
Bella Vista (Syrah)
Benziger (Syrah)
Bogle (Petite Sirah)
Bonterra (Syrah)
Cambria (Syrah)
Cline (Syrah & Carignane)
Columbia Winery (Red Willow Vineyard Syrah)
Concannon (Reserve Petite Sirah)
Fetzer (Eaglepoint Petite Sirah)
Fife (Max Cuvée)
Foppiano (Petite Sirah)
Geyser Peak (Reserve Shiraz)
Glen Fiona (Syrah)
Hidden Cellars (Petite Sirah)
Indian Springs (Syrah)
Jekel (Syrah)
La Jota (Petite Sirah)
Kestrel (Syrah)
Marietta (Syrah)
Martella (Syrah)
Niebaum-Coppola (Syrah)
Qupé (Syrah & Los Olivos Cuvée)
Kent Rasmussen (Syrah)
Ravenswood (Icon)
Renwood (Syrah)
Ridge (Bridgehead Mataro)
Rockland (Petite Sirah)
Seven Hills (Syrah)
Shooting Star (Grenache)
Sierra Vista (Red Rock Ridge Syrah)
Signorello (Petite Sirah)
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (Petite Sirah)
Tablas Creek (Tablas Hills Cuvée Rouge)
Voss (Shiraz)
Wellington (Syrah)

Dependable Producers
Alderbrook (Syrah)
Anapamu (Syrah)
Beaulieu (Ensemble)
WB Bridgman (Syrah)
Castle (Durell Vineyards Syrah)
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Reserve Syrah)
Chateau Souverain (Composée)
Christopher Creek (Syrah)
Concannon (Syrah & Petite Sirah)
Curtis (Syrah)
Dos Cabezas (Petite Sirah)
Edmeades (Syrah)
Edmunds St. John (Mourvedre)
Fife (Petite Syrah)
Fox Hollow (Shiraz)
Geyser Peak (Shiraz & Petite Sirah)
Griffin Creek (Syrah)
Guenoc (Petite Sirah)
Hidden Cellars (Syrah)
Hogue (Genesis Syrah)
Horton (Syrah)
Victor Hugo (Petite Sirah)
Jory (Red Zeppelin & Mano Nera)
Kendall-Jackson (Syrah)
Kiona (Syrah)
Konrad (Petite Sirah)
Kunde (Syrah)
Lane Tanner (Syrah)
J. Lohr (Syrah)
Markham (Petite Sirah)
McDowell (Syrah)
Meridian (Syrah)
Michel Schlumberger (Syrah)
Monteviña (Syrah)
Morgan (Syrah)
Mount Palomar (Le Mediterrané)
Orfila (Syrah)
Paraiso Springs (Syrah)
Fess Parker (Syrah)
Pepperwood Grove (Syrah)
Portteus (Syrah)
Richardson (Syrah)
Rosenblum (Chateau La Paws Côte du Bone & Petite Sirah)
Ste. Chapelle (Reserve Syrah)
Sierra Vista (Fleur de Montagne)
Terra Bianca (Syrah)
Thackrey (Pleiades Old Vines Red)
Toad Hollow (Apropos)
Valhalla (Syrah)
Villa Mt. Eden (Syrah)
Wattle Creek (Shiraz)
Windsor (Petite Sirah)
Zaca Mesa (Syrah & Z Cuvée)

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