This is comprised of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Syrah, 5% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with much of the fruit sourced from Mendocino and Lake counties. While its aromatically strong in Syrah, the wine's flavors lean more toward Cabernet, with cola, spice and black fruit notes atop layers of softened tannins. The finish is Rhône-like: meaty, with a strong dash of pepper.
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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.