From a Kirk Venge project devoted to coastal Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this full-bodied, fruit-forward vineyard-designate comes from a Dutton Ranch property rich in Goldridge soil. Stemmy and cinnamon spicy, it's concentrated in black cherry and earth, with a twist of dried herb, wild rose and black pepper on the finish. Give it until 2018 in bottle and enjoy through 2025.
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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.