This wine sees slightly less new oak than its companion, Appassionata, giving way to classic elements of cedar, pencil lead and clove. Firm, soft tannins round out the palate, exhibiting the small percentages of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc blended in. The wine finishes in smoke and chocolate. Drink now through 2020.
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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.