Black and inky, with a tease of rustic, leathery earth, this is a smooth, easygoing version of the variety, rich in baked red fruit and plum. The finish combines for a developed, complex notion of both powerful tannin and high-toned elegance, finding a balance within itself that begs for further aging. Drink now through 2020.
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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.