Martin Ranch makes a consistently good Merlot, this one marked by sweet red fruit and licorice, with layers of cinnamon spice. Full-bodied and meaty, its layers are concentrated enough to stand up to steak or hamburgers.
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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.