From a magical place in the heart of Sonoma Valley, near several marquee spots for Zin, this estate-grown brawler is high-octane, yet drinkable, a yeasty, brambly expression of tar, leather, meat and black licorice. Only the second vintage from the producer, the wine's weight doesn't overpower its potential, which should develop further in time.
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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.