Virginie Boone

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews and reports on the wines of Napa and Sonoma for the magazine. Sonoma-based Boone began her writing career in 1997 with Lonely Planet travel guidebooks, contributing to titles on South America, Northern California, France and America's Deep South. Travel assignments led her to California-focused wine coverage, including regular features for the New York Times regional newspaper Santa Rosa Press Democrat, for which Boone has been a contributing wine writer for several years. She is also the author of Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country, and a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.

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Donkey & Goat 2011 Perli Vineyards Syrah (Mendocino Ridge)

  1. $40
This boasts a brilliant, linear progression from pepper to lush cherry and berry fruit. It’s spicy and floral in nuanced, beautiful ways, with perfectly balanced acidity. Creamy and silky, this wine lingers, building complexity as it coats the palate.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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Newsome-Harlow 2011 Shake Ridge Ranch Zinfandel (Amador County)

  1. $36
Darker and more brooding than many of Newsome-Harlow’s other single-vineyard bottlings in the 2011 vintage, the Shake Ridge is mighty in black pepper and dark chocolate, silky and voluptuous with mellowed tannins. Blended with 8% Petite Sirah, the ranch’s Zin clones include Monte Rosso.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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St. Rose 2011 Nunes Vineyard 777 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $44
Light in color, this delicate wine is herbal and yet bright in Bing cherry, quite nuanced and slight at first, unveiling its concentration and complexity slowly and seductively over time. Made by longtime grape growers, the acidity is lively and the weight slim, traces of restrained oak and garden herb dancing in the background. Only 54 cases made.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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Terre Rouge 2011 Monarch Mine Vineyard Syrah (Sierra Foothills)

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  1. $30
Generous in brambly wild raspberry fruit and leather, this lush bottling has peppery spice to spare. Aromatically it’s as fine as perfume, floral and pretty; in texture, it’s soft, but with just the right tension and electricity. Savory and spicy, it will bring out similar characteristics at the table.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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Charbay 2006 Distillers’ Port (Napa Valley)

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  1. $75
Aged seven years in French oak, this is made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and then fortified with six-year-old, barrel-aged Cabernet Franc brandy. Very little is made. The experience is stellar, the dark-brown-red-hued wine opulent in red candy apple, chocolate and raspberries with ample acidity and a nuttiness to the finish. The pairing…  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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La Follette 2011 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (Mendocino Ridge)

  1. $48
Greg La Follette shows his mastery with this Chardonnay from cool Manchester Ridge. Dark gold in color, this ethereal wine is punctuated by pretty floral and citrus tones on the nose. On the palate, expect a suggestive core of lemon, guava and lingering minerality, especially through a finish that’s flush with acidity.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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St. Rose 2011 Nunes Vineyard Ten Block Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $38
Light in color it’s composed of violet and rose petal aromas, zippy in acidity, with layered dark cherry fruit and an earthy, herbal backbone. With texture on the palate, it has a buoyancy and electricity of minerality and finishes with the slightest suggestion of anise. Only 72 cases were made.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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Couloir 2012 Monument Tree Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $46
Another lovely Monument Tree Pinot from Couloir, this vintage is stemmy and earthy, yet soft, silky and voluptuous in all the right ways. It’s pleasantly refined and ethereal, with whispers of cherry and raspberry fruitiness alongside equal parts gravitas and substance.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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