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 2012 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $59

This is beautifully lilting in preciously defined aromas of rose petal and wild strawberry. From there, it’s all subtlety and ethereal elegance. The wine is restrained, nurtured in a basket of nutmeg and graham cracker, as well as freshly packed mushroomy earth. This wine is a stunner right out of the glass, but is sure to continue its fine course through 2022–2025.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65

Those who think they prefer anything but Chardonnay may be convinced otherwise with this wine. It is so powerfully evocative in crisply rendered Meyer lemon and tangerine notes, with aromas of fresh white flowers teasing provocatively on the nose. Seamless and seductively bright in acidity, it glides down the palate, hinting at a richness that never becomes overdone.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
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Darioush 2011 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $95

Sanguine and brooding in dense layers of juicy black fruit, leather and tobacco, this is classic Napa Valley Cabernet with an elegance at its core, that’s also seamless, complex and age-worthy. From relatively cooler sites in Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder, and a cooler year too, this vintage sings for this producer, showing balance and power in equal measure.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $55

This classic Chardonnay brims in lemon chiffon, stony minerality and luscious pear. The complex, soft, supple layers continue to surprise in the glass, teasing the palate with unexpected notes of nutmeg and Tahitian vanilla.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $78

This vineyard-designated wine reflects its sense of place remarkably well, offering tight dark cherry and blueberry around a strong character of wild earth, tea and herb. High in acidity and minerality, and yet powerfully understated, it’s gorgeously drinkable now but will gain further complexity through 2022.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $79

Fresh-picked Bing cherry delights on the initial entry into this silky Pinot, sourced from a long-famous site in the heart of the Russian River. Medium-bodied and nicely structured, it offers ample concentration around a core of elegance, with a lingering finish of vibrant cherry. Enjoy through 2022.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $105

Silky on the palate, this offers exotic aromas of orange blossom and spicy cardamom. Juicy in fresh cherry, it combines structured elegance and plenty of power, amid a mouthwatering quality that’s seductively delicious and yet just begs the question of how much more nuanced the flavors will be in time. Drink through 2022.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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Hanzell 2012 Ramos Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)

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  1. $78

This marks the debut of the Ramos Vineyard Chardonnay, inspired by a high-elevation site planted in 2001 by the late Bob Sessions and Jose Ramos, now director of vineyard operations. The wine paints a portrait of high-toned, elegant minerality accented by peach and lithe lemon. Capable of aging, it dances in acidity, with just a hint of caramel-vanilla on the…

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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