A 100% Merlot from a cooler section of the Napa Valley, this wine dances in black olive tapenade, cedar and mint, brawling in tannins. From a bombastic beginning, it begins to peter out, given a full 10-count on the finish.
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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.