Malbec makes up 73% of this blend, with 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Dried herb and cedar give it an herbaceous character. Soft, moderate acidity provides a backbone against larger-sized tannins and a touch of bitter tobacco.
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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.