This 52% Syrah-48% Grenache blend from Amador has a lot of barnyard on the nose, the muted herb and spice that's in there having to fight for attention. The wine struggles to find its balance over time (it was tasted twice over the course of one day), the aromas and flavors falling off into dusty tannins and not enough 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.