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    I would go with the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria Syrah, particularly if from one of the wineries on the Lompoc side of that area. Otherwise, I would go with the Cab if aged at least 6 years (prefer 10+ for most cabs) - you do not say which area/winery or age. Of course, a good meritage would also be great, but I would save the Zin blends for heavy pasta dishes. I know it sounds snobby, but that's the way I would go.

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      Nothing wrong with being a wine snob, I freely admit I am.
      I only buy Ontario VQA wines but will indulge with Cali wines once in a while.

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    Not snobby at all! And this is why I'm asking Cabs are all Napa-Sonoma area but they're only 3-4 years old. The Syrah is a 2017, and the Rioja is 2012.

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      Hey! I ended up opening that Santa Barbara Syrah and the Rioja. Both were splendid, but the Syrah was the better choice to have while actually eating, it cut through the incredibly beefy beefiness of the prime rib we served tonight. The Rioja was best suited for the afterglow, sipping contentedly. At least for me.

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        That looks like an incredible meal and some mighty fine wines.

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