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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Lynmar 2012 Freestone Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60

From an increasingly intriguing sub-region of the larger Russian River Valley, Freestone is cold and barely planted, but when it works, it works. This Pinot is caressed in floral aromas and juicy red cherry, the wine fresh and alive, a back layer of black tea, savory herb and exotic spice meshing in magical ways. The majority of the grapes came from the Sexton…

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
95
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Iron Horse 2010 Wedding Cuvée Sparkling (Green Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $42

Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery’s take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Joseph Phelps 2012 Quarter Moon Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

This sophisticated, pretty Pinot Noir is brilliant in exotic cherry, raspberry and earth. Bright and lush on the palate, the tannins are firmly structured and nicely rendered with a twinge of sweet tobacco and a subtle power that builds on the finish. Enjoy now or let it sit in the cellar through 2020–2022.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Iron Horse 2009 Classic Vintage Brut Sparkling (Green Valley)

  1. $40

An elegant mixture of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, this classic Brut is aged four years en triage and was last disgorged on July 18, 2014. The dosage includes the winery’s Thomas Road Pinot Noir. Golden in color, it is inviting in complex layers of baked apple, pear, honey and graham cracker while offering a light, sophisticated feel on the palate.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Iron Horse 2009 Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Green Valley)

  1. $45

For the winery’s fifth vintage of this Blanc de Blancs, $4 of every bottle sold goes to support National Geographic’s Ocean Initiative. It’s worth buying most of all for the taste, a rich, measured and dry expression of apple, pear and lime with depth and an adornment of floral honeysuckle aromas.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Lynmar 2012 Jenkins Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $70

This fresh, supple Pinot comes from a cool Russian River Valley site overlapping the Sonoma Coast AVA. Jenkins sits above the fog line and is rich in Goldridge soils. The wine is lightly mushroomy in earth, and a keen streak of exotic spiciness kicks in convincingly on the finish, after intense and complicated layers of red cherry, raspberry and lavender.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Lynmar 2012 Lynn’s Blend Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $70

Named for the winery’s founder and co-owner, Lynn’s is wound tightly at first. The 25% whole cluster fermentation lends brooding, dark blue and black berry flavors to the palate, and concentrated layers of exotic Asian spice. The finish leans toward black pepper, ripe tannin and caramelized oak.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
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Lynmar 2012 Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70

From the windy howls of what’s known locally as the Petaluma Gap, this Pinot reflects its surroundings, subtle in aromas of rose petal and buoyant in wild strawberry, black tea and coastal-kissed acidity. Enjoy from 2017–2021.

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
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