Candied ginger and licorice mark this dense, ripe Claret that offers subtle oak on the palate. Full bodied and robust, with layers of graphite, leather and dark chocolate, the 66% Merlot come from the producer's Lower Mountain Top vineyard block and the 29% Cabernet Sauvignon from its Rock Arch block. The remaining 5% is Petit Verdot.
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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.