With tiny additions of Syrah and Petit Verdot, this thick, syrupy, full-bodied wine is black in color and brimming in bacon, salami and coffee, with smooth, tempered tannin. It's more meat and earth than fruit, with a baked quality throughout.
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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.