From the producer's now-estate vineyard known worldwide for Merlot, this majority Cab does contain 15% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc as well as 1% Petit Verdot. The cooler vintage works wonders here, contributing to a soft, approachable wine with an underlying tension of cherry, cranberry and cassis. It finishes with a flourish of vanilla.
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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.