Longtime grower Lee Hudson sources from his prime Carneros site for this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, unexpected varieties that thrive in his dirt. Dark color gives way to supple layers of raspberry and vanilla. A dusting of milk chocolate adds lushness and additional complexity that lingers on the finish.
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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.