This wine takes a light approach to a robust red grape, in this case mellowing it with the addition of 15% Merlot. It remains buoyant on the palate and well structured, a combination of black olive, toffee, chalky tannin, juicy blackberry and blueberry. It allows for a richness of flavor without ever going overboard in texture or weight.
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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.