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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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  • Gregory Graham Magma Red 2011 Front Label
    Gregory Graham Magma Red 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • Enkidu Diener Ranch Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
      Enkidu Diener Ranch Petite Sirah 2011
      Petite Sirah from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
        Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2011 Front Label
          Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2011
          Other Red Blends from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2011
            Zinfandel from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Grenache 2011 Front Label
              Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Grenache 2011
              Grenache from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
                Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Syrah 2011
                Syrah/Shiraz from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                • Xurus Sonatina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                  Xurus Sonatina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                    Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                    • Steele Writer's Block Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                      Steele Writer's Block Zinfandel 2011
                      Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                      • Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
                        Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah 2011
                        Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                        • Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Vineyard Mourvedre 2011  Front Label
                          Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Vineyard Mourvedre 2011
                          Mourvedre from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                          • Tuck Beckstoffer Amber Knolls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                            Tuck Beckstoffer Amber Knolls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                            • Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                              Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                              • High Valley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2011 Front Label
                                High Valley Vineyards Petite Sirah 2011
                                Petite Sirah from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                • Shed Horn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                                  Shed Horn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                  • Six Sigma Ranch Diamond Mine Cuvee 2011 Front Label
                                    Six Sigma Ranch Diamond Mine Cuvee 2011
                                    Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                    • Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Fancy Blend 2011 Front Label
                                      Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Fancy Blend 2011
                                      Rhone Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                      • Tricycle Wine Company Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                                        Tricycle Wine Company Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                        • Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Vineyard Syrah 2011  Front Label
                                          Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Vineyard Syrah 2011
                                          Syrah/Shiraz from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                          • Chacewater Winery Cat's Paw Merlot 2011  Front Label
                                            Chacewater Winery Cat's Paw Merlot 2011
                                            Merlot from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                            • Dynamite Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                                              Dynamite Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                              • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah 2011  Front Label
                                                Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah 2011
                                                Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                                • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
                                                  Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
                                                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                                  • Arnot-Roberts Luchsinger Vineyard Trousseau 2011 Front Label
                                                    Arnot-Roberts Luchsinger Vineyard Trousseau 2011
                                                    Trousseau from Clear Lake, Lake County, North Coast, California
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