From a consistently fine producer of the variety, this classic version is blended with 15% other varieties and aged for a year in entirely American oak, 25% of it new. Viscous and black in color, it's surprisingly vibrant on the palate, offering just-ripe blackberry and mocha around a cradle of nuanced acidity and peppery spice.
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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.