Merlot is at the center of this blend, combined with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. A bitterness of green tannins and black leather make for a hugely tannic, puckering effect on the palate.
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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.