Pretty with aromatics of rose petals, this layered, complex wine offers restrained power and demure fruit. In taste, it's a mix of black cherries and that cola-like allspice that is prevalent in many Russian River Valley sites. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with just the right tension between tannin and acidity, with a protracted finish of toasty oak.
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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.