The Brown Ranch is a relatively warm swath of the appellation, which touches Hyde Vineyard, its neighbor. This wine shows a wealth of toasty oak and black fruit on its robust frame, but opens into softening layers of black tea and blackberry in the glass. Smooth and full bodied, it's a lush, vanilla-kissed wine.
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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.