With plenty of estate-farmed vineyards, this producer is diving deeper into single blocks and clones with its 2012 releases, providing the opportunity to hone in on an array of tastes. Deer Gate is relatively warm, and the resulting fruit is quite ripe, yielding bold red and black cherry notes around savory dried herb and oak accents.
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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.