This classic Napa Valley blend—the majority Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by 12% Petit Verdot (quite noticeable in the wine), 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot—is made from grapes grown on volcanic soils. Needing a decant or many years in cellar, it is savory and dusty in coffee and Mediterranean spice, the fruit predominantly blackberry and plum and the tannins supple but not yet smooth.
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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.