Made from half Merlot and half Petite Sirah, and aged in French oak, only 30% of it new, this wine shows well in a dusting of mocha powder and blackberry, the flavors built around a thick, dense torso of soft tannins. Succulent, it's full bodied but well mannered and easy to enjoy.
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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.