Blended with smaller amounts of Merlot and Petite Sirah, this wine has a shock of smoky leather and cigar box on the entry, before becoming soft and juicy in mulberry, cherry and vanilla on the palate midway through the glass. Midweight, it remains juicy and smooth on the finish.
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Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.