Time spent in 65% new French oak does define this still-young wine, which displays plenty of earthiness and big, juicy red fruit. Concentrated and thick on the palate, it needs cellaring through 2020 (or a good decant) to resolve some of the smoke and spice that lie within it now.
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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.