Part of Wente's Heritage Block wines, which are grown in specific vineyard blocks and named for winemaking pioneers, in this case Charles Wetmore, who is credited with bringing the original cuttings from France in the 19th century. Previous vintages have been better, this one dominated by mint and coconut around a layer of rich, soft jam.
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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.