Leaner and brighter than Donum's brooding Russian River Pinots, the Carneros is higher in acidity and high-toned fruit, tight in red cherry and black tea, confounding and complex. A pronounced spicy element on the midpalate continues through the finish, and is entirely seductive.
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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.