Leathery, brambly blackberry flavors and aromas arrive with a bang in this bold, generous wine. Mouthcoating in smooth, vanilla-tinged tannins and reasonable oak, it's slightly sweet in a berry cobbler way, with a hit of smoke on the finish. Small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah are included.
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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.