2006 Cypress Vineyards Central Coast Shiraz ($10)
There’s a touch of overripeness here, but fans of high-octane reds won’t mind. Cypress Vineyards is an affordable second label produced by J. Lohr Vineyards.
2004 Montevina Amador County Syrah ($10)
The model of a barbecue wine, Montevina’s Syrah from the warm vineyards of California’s Amador County is a big dose of smoke, pepper and plums.
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2006 Cline Sonoma County Syrah ($12)
Cline makes some of the best values in California Syrah. This peppery red tastes like a good Côtes-du-Rhône with the rich generosity of California fruit.