Bacon fat, smoked meat and caramelized onions initially come to mind in this rich, robust red, blended with the tiniest amount of Merlot. Blackberry jam, tar, gunpowder and black pepper characterize the mix of savory with ripe, while the tannin profile remains soft.
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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.