This is an inaugural release from photographer Kurt-Inge Eklund with the assistance of winemakers Denis and May-Britt Malbec. Made from grapes grown on the hillsides of Howell Mountain, including 12% Merlot, it pleases in leather, tar and cassis-cranberry, the tannins sizable yet polished. Oak is impressively French, 80% of it new.
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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.