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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Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)

  1. $50

Darker and riper in tone than the winery’s Walker Hill Vineyard bottling, this is creamy and lush, with toasty caramel accents and spicy, tropical fruit. Balanced in acidity and soft in tannins, it is structured and rich, highlighting the beauty and diversity of Green Valley.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Dutton Ranch Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)

  1. $50

Perfumey in lemon curd, this is a focused and fairly lean Chardonnay, crisp in lemony acidity and classic wet stone. Mango and lime surround a core of refreshing, intriguing ginger, and the palate offers creamy softness. A bite of fresh pear lingers on the finish.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
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Paul Hobbs 2011 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena)

  1. $175

Decadent in coconut flake and vanilla, this is a fruity vintage of one of Hobbs’ top-of-the-top Cabernets. Soft and structured, the silky tannins deftly managed, it captures the essence of the Napa Valley’s best valley floor grapes at the hands of an expert winemaker, a textbook marriage of beauty and brawn.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Gary Farrell 2012 Westside Farms Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $45

Light and floral, this is a complex, well-integrated Chardonnay that’s bursting in just-sliced pineapple, with a layering of butterscotch and caramel. It’s richly textured yet nicely balanced between savory and sweet. The acidity upholds the wine from entering into dense territory, a celebration of one heck of a sunny vintage in a glass.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Iron Horse 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Green Valley)

  1. $29

This estate Chardonnay is keeping stylistically with the winery’s other offerings, though a tad weightier and richer in oak and crème brûlée. Fresh peach, pineapple and anise intermingle on the palate, with a silky yet complex texture. There is a palate-refreshing hint of lime on the finish.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Iron Horse 2012 Native Yeast Chardonnay (Green Valley)

  1. $48

Steely in wet stone and high-toned citrus, this Chardonnay is from Hyde-Old Wente clones and deftly made in a light style that doesn’t skimp on delicious complexity. Apple and herb figure prominently, as does a remarkable mouthfeel of minerality, a testament to the winery’s cool growing sites.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Marimar Estate 2011 Doña Margarita Vineyard Mas Cavalls Unfiltered Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $44

Named for proprietor Marimar Torres’ mother, the Doña Margarita Pinot is a study in cool-climate nuance and sophistication, elegant yet retaining plenty of stuffing. It is bright in wild strawberry and a decadent hint of kirsch—earthy, lithe and structured, with soft and silky tannins. On the finish is a touch of forest, as inviting as a walk in the woods.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Venge 2011 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  1. $145

Aged more than two years in air-dried French oak, this is classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, velvety and plush. It boasts juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit aromas and flavors, with weighty oak and a mix of coconut flake and chocolate that linger on the finish.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
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