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Lake County Wine North Coast, California

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A warm inland area just north of Napa Valley, Lake County represents a new frontier for California winemaking. While Prohibition halted viticulture here just as it did in so many California regions, winemaking activity remained fairly insignificant for a few decades longer than others. Finally in the 1990s Lake County Sauvignon blanc—uniquely savory and fruity—earned the appellation a renewed reputation.

Lake County is comprised of a handful of unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

Vineyards that settle into the hills on the west side of Clear Lake create the Clear Lake AVA and produce good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel.

Recently the Red Hills AVA, located within the boundaries of the Clear Lake AVA, has become the focus of some of Napa’s more respected growers. Its notable volcanic and obsidian-based soils could be the source of California’s next best Cabernet Sauvignons. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in recognizing prime Napa Valley vineyard locales, has already invested heavily in the area.

Guenoc Valley AVA produces fine examples of Petite Sirah, recognized for their voluptuous aromas of clove, cocoa, tobacco and deep red and blue berry flavors.

The High Valley AVA sits northeast of Clear Lake. This warm area boasts multiple soil types allowing growers a lot of flexibility and experimentation with grape varieties. While Sauvignon blanc is a mainstay, this zone excels with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, as well as other less common varieties like Barbera and Tempranillo.

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  • Rosenblum Cellars Snows Lake Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
    Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Red Lava Vineyards Syrah Reserve 2004 Front Label
        Red Lava Vineyards Syrah Reserve 2004
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        • Brassfield   Serenity Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
          Brassfield Serenity Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
          Cabernet Sauvignon from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Langtry Estate Seprentine Meadow Petite Sirah 2004 Front Label
            Langtry Estate Seprentine Meadow Petite Sirah 2004
            Petite Sirah from Guenoc Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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