This curious combination primarily holds Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, with smaller percents of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Savory and elusive in fruit, it offers a profusion of cedar, pencil and oak. Blackberry and blueberry lurk quietly, around high-strung tannins and full-on ripeness.
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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.