The largest proportions of this blend are taken up by Cabernet Sauvignon (41%) and Petite Sirah (31%), with additions of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Together they make for a succulently juicy red, with an underpinning of subtle tannin and oak. The flavors are more red fruit and savory herb than black fruit or brooding body.
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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.