Given more time in bottle, this wine is blended with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. A smokiness permeates the bouquet initially, before a more floral, violet perfume weighs in. Tannic and concentrated, the wine is also subtle in herb and tobacco, with a layering of cassis and raspberry.
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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.