This is an inaugural blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc made by Dan Petroski of Larkmead for the new producer. The grapes come from vineyards located near the winery in Oak Knoll. Dried herb de Provence aromas invite one in to mingle with aspects of cedar, pencil and red currant, the style subdued and soft. Layers of quiet power and oak lie beneath 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.