Made with the addition of 13% Syrah, this wine is leathery, with aromas of saddle, cedar, plus a touch of tar and graphite. Tightly wound, it needs time to open in the glass before revealing softer aspects of black plum and blueberry swaddled in chocolate.
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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.