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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Black Stallion 2010 Transcendent Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $135

The inaugural release of this top-echelon Cabernet Sauvignon for the winery, it delivers in spicy black clove and berry encased around barrel toast and mocha. A Napa Valley Cabernet, blended with 11% Merlot, it features seamless, silky tannins. The wine’s overall imprint is soft, supple and restrained, with a long, lingering finish.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
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Continuum 2011 Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $175

This classic Napa Valley blend—the majority Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by 12% Petit Verdot (quite noticeable in the wine), 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot—is made from grapes grown on volcanic soils. Needing a decant or many years in cellar, it is savory and dusty in coffee and Mediterranean spice, the fruit predominantly blackberry and plum and the tannins…

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Diamond Creek 2011 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200

The Volcanic Hill section of Diamond Creek’s vineyard on Diamond Mountain is, as advertised, influenced by volcanic soils. The wine imparts a chalky consistency to some extent, rounded out by dark, ripe plum and mocha, with a long, intense finish. Age through 2025.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Janzen 2011 Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

Sourced from the winery’s estate vineyard, 2% Syrah is added to the Cabernet Sauvignon base of this wine. Massively structured, it offers tart cranberry fruit, soft tannins and a bite of weight to the finish. Aged in new French oak for 22 months, it features an intriguing whiff of coconut macaroon. Drink from 2020–2030.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Robert Biale 2012 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel (St. Helena)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

Varozza is planted to 50-year-old Zin vines, an unexpected patch of refined goodness in the middle of valley floor land near the Napa River in St. Helena. It expresses waves of complexity and spicy red berry fruit, the different components of which evolve in the glass and should evolve even more in the bottle.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Small Vines 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $53

From an organically farmed coastal vineyard above Sebastopol comes this structured and elegant Chardonnay, rich in minerality and nuanced citrus tones. The meticulous farming guides every sip, the wine balanced and exquisite.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Calla Lily 2011 Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $80

The first vintage for a new producer, the winemaker longtime respected consultant Cary Gott, this 100% Cab comes from the eastern slopes of Howell Mountain and Pope Valley. It provides an elegant and yet sizable expression of juicy black fruit, olive, licorice and smoke that spent 25 months in French oak, almost 75% of it new. This one’s built to age, too.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
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Piña 2011 Ames Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $85

From a vineyard on the eastern side of the Silverado Trail in Oakville, this is rich and robust with a depth of dark berry flavor, tobacco and earth. Lush on the palate it’s a special-occasion kind of wine, gorgeous and generous and a fine example of winemaking and viticulture coming together in a magical way.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
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