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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Joseph Phelps 2012 Freestone Vineyards Estate Grown Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55
Made from estate-grown fruit near the chilly Sonoma Coast town of Freestone, this is a fully layered wine, expertly balanced in acidity yet offering plenty of full-figured mouthfeel and viscous pleasure. It delivers an electric mix of Meyer lemon, minerals and brioche, and will please a diverse range of palates.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Louis M. Martini 2010 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)

  1. $85
Inky red-purple in color and thick, this is a powerfully impressive Cabernet from the mighty Monte Rosso Vineyard. It’s rich in spicy cinnamon, deep, dark plum and herbal tobacco. With the acidity in balance, it offers huge leather up front, dotted by undertones of cedar and pencil shavings. The finish is deftly accented by a seasoning of black pepper that lingers…  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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World's End 2010 If Six Was Nine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $45
A brooding Cabernet full of green and black olive, velvety cassis and cinnamon spice, this is ready to enjoy now. A juicy red, it has resolved tannins and a lingering taste of tobacco. Power and finesse are here, along with smoky minerality and savory fruit.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Balletto 2012 Burnside Road Vineyard Estate Grown and Bottled Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $42
In 2012, Balletto had its Pinots undergo natural fermentations, with beguiling results. This vintage of Burnside Road, always a standout bottling, delivers stemmy, herbal, toasty aromas around a layering of warm strawberry fruit and gorgeous earthiness. Soft, silky and seductive, it lingers on the tongue, imprinting on the pleasure centers of the brain.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Rocca 2010 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $85
This cellar-worthy wine is enjoyable now, rich and powerful in bright red and blackberry fruit, spice, toast and black licorice. Concentrated and layered, the tannins are thick and interwoven, and the juicy texture offers balanced acidity. Streaks of chocolate and earthy menthol on the nose and palate give distinctiveness. Enjoy now through 2024.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Reuling Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $70
Reuling is humming its way toward continued greatness in working with its own coveted fruit, crafting a coming-together of earthy fruit and lush texture. This vintage is dark ruby in color, classic in complex forest floor and wild strawberry layered over flowery perfume and a streak of spice. The imprint of oak and girth is still evolving, and the structure is…  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Wait Cellars 2012 Devoto Garden Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley)

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  1. $32
Light in ruby-red, see-through red color, it’s spicy and alive, with a silky cherry pit aroma and undercurrent of herbal earthiness. Balanced and soft, it can accompany a slow-roasted pork tenderloin adorned in morel mushrooms or a classic BLT. Of course, it’s also stellar on its own.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $100
Paul Hobbs coaxes beautifully classic Cab aromas and textures from this wine, which comes from the tricky 2011 vintage. Expect black currant, olive, cassis and peppercorn to intermingle on the palate amidst soft elegance, the perfect balance between fruity and herbal. On the finish a dusting of mocha turns up the dial on deliciousness.  — V.B.  (9/1/2014)
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