This polished wine is accented with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Juicy, spicy and leathery, it has a smoothness to the texture, the tannins well integrated and permissive of the plummy fruit. The finish has a smoky, mocha tinge.
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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.