Leather saddle and peppery spice pop aromatically here, followed by Mediterranean spice, dusty dark raspberry fruit and black tea. Though there's a level of opulence to this wine, it never crosses the line, instead suggesting elegance and delicacy. The acidity stays buoyant behind dark chocolaty tannins. Filet mignon would be the right call.
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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.