This is a mountain-grown Rhône-inspired blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise and Viognier that Napa-based Elyse produces every year. The 2009 is indeed very good—savory with dark cherry and raspberry tones, and appropriately layered in leather, tar and earth. It's a versatile wine that will pair with a range of poultry and pasta, too.
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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.