Full bodied and brawny in blackberry jam, mocha and clove, this has sizable tannins that suggest further cellaring, through 2020. Aging should give the wine a chance to meld, its oaky tobacco and vanilla allowed more coaxing around the fruit.
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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.