This small-lot Petit Verdot needs another 5–7 years to shine. There's an intensity of licorice, black fruit and chocolate that's detectable, but the oak and tannin structure loom ominously over the fruit right now. Heaviness on the palate is balanced as well by the wine's acidity, a feat for such a big-boned grape variety.
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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.