Virginie Boone

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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Williams Selyem 2013 Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $69

Seductively smooth, it is instantly delicious, sharing a concentration of cherry, strawberry and citrus that perfectly captures the essence of the fruit, accented by a tease of black tea. Enjoy through 2023.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
97
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Ramey 2012 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $65

This wine is deliciously elegant yet decadently rich in all the right ways, from a prime, longtime vineyard source planted to vines over 40 years old. Honeyed apple comes to the fore amid lush, formidable layers of complexity and high-minded pursuit, never getting bogged down, the minerality perfectly pitched and the oak fully integrated.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Williams Selyem 2013 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $75

Silky, with pronounced tannins that should mellow in time, this is an earthy, stemmy and perfumed wine. Succulent and balanced, it’s brightly exuberant in black cherry yet brooding and complex throughout, changing slightly from savory to floral and back again. It’s an incredible wine out of the gate; cellar with confidence, through 2021.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Ramey 2012 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros-Napa Valley)

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  1. $65

This longstanding collaboration between vintner and grower reflects years of mutual understanding and respect. The wine offers pretty orange blossom and lemon verbena aromas that wrap around a composed, well-integrated and mineral-laden body. Voluptuous, the wine is also well-balanced, finishing in bright acidity. It is deliciously good.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Ramey 2012 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $65

This wine comes from a new vineyard source for the producer, who continues to astound with Chardonnay. The site rises to well-crafted heights in the winemaker’s hands. Made in a small quantity, the wine offers zesty lemon intensity and concentrated acidity, the entire balanced experience rewarding in its bright complexity.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
95
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Williams Selyem 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $52

This wine, a regional blend, shows remarkable achievement in winemaking. Wild strawberry and red cherry exude on the entry, alongside floral elements of violet and lilac. Velvety, resolved tannins make it enjoyable from the get-go, layered in acidity for a buoyant lift on the midpalate and finish, which suggests cinnamon and tea. Enjoy now and through 2020.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
95
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Ramey 2012 Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

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  1. $185

The producer’s highest-end bottling, this is tightly wound in fine-grained tannins with complex, diverse undertones of chocolate mocha, cherry-vanilla, black tea and garrigue. Layered and balanced, it sends gentle waves of black currant and cassis to the palate, a floral element lurking behind the proceedings. This well-made wine will cellar nicely, through 2032.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2013 Papera Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $55

Continuing to preserve this historic vineyard, a rare planting of the variety within the appellation, this is an elegant yet explosive bottling. Blackberry and stone fruit tones are framed by soft, gentle tannins, sprinkled liberally with cardamom. A floral aroma permeates gently refreshing acidity and a finish of dark chocolate.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
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