On the bigger, beastlier side of Barbera, grown from a one-acre plot in the El Dorado hills, this wine'll take some time to unveil itself—5 to 6 years—but already shows licorice, black cherry and oakiness that's bound to resolve itself with age. Incredibly juicy and good now, the acidity's still a bit tight.
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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.