A more approachable combo of mostly Cabernet with 20% Merlot, this wine is rounder and softer on the palate than some of its vineyard-designated brethren, and yet still appropriately grippy for the vintage. Plum, chocolate, cedar and leather all make appearances, as the wine expands into a luxurious finish. Drink now through 2020.
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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.