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 Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $82

A perennial standout for good reason, this Pinot is light in color and elusive at first. Teasing in baked strawberry-rhubarb, it subtly offers a rare purity of focused fruit flavor, with gorgeous aromas of dewy rose petals playing a substantial supporting role. Thanks to subtle oak, the finish builds in terms of intensity, with the wine maintaining a delicate…

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $55

The winery’s second vintage from this site, Calegari is medium-weight, with structured oak and a silky palate. It’s a ripe expression of anise and red cherry that’s juicy, spicy and complex, with pretty violet aromas.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

Since this is the winery’s largest production Pinot, but still under 1,000 cases, buyers actually have a chance of finding this full-bodied beauty. Sly on the nose, it is tense in toasty oak and chewy cherry, venturing into black cherry, blackberry and root beer. It’s amply structured and robust, yet with silky tannins. Enjoy through 2022.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Donelan 2011 Cuvée Keltie Syrah (Sonoma County)

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  1. $75

The winery’s prowess in blending fruit from distinct sites shows through with this 100% Syrah, a high proportion of which was whole-cluster fermented. Hedonistic streaks of pepper hit the nose first before developed layers of peppery cherry and blueberry pique the palate. Given an extra year in bottle after extended time in barrel, it balances smoky chocolate…

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Donelan 2012 Cuvée Christine Syrah (Sonoma County)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $48

This 100% Syrah comes from four parcels of high-elevation sites across Sonoma, many of them otherwise single-vineyard designated by the winery. Here, the blending pays off in refined, gamy, sanguine undertones that evolve in the glass to meet mouthfilling black currant, fine-grain leather and white pepper. An acidic lift on the finish balances the wine’s power.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Williams Selyem 2012 Foss Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $55

Initially, this wine is all about strawberry tart, with layers of cardamom and white pepper as well as hints of blueberry and blackberry on the back palate. Offering high-toned fruit and acidity, it settles on the finish, becoming rich and full bodied in style, with final notes of nutmeg, vanilla and chocolate.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Tierra Roja 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $140

A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the vintner’s estate, this wine is holding back some of its complexity now in lieu of aging potential. Smoky oak, bay leaf, ripe raspberry, cherry and cedar tones remain elusive and subtle on the palate. This is an elegant wine, vibrant in red fruit and light spice. Cellar it through 2022.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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Whetstone 2011 Phoenix Ranch Vineyard Syrah (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
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  1. $60

Vibrantly intoxicating wafts of varietal pepper and violets are complemented by gorgeous layers of blackberry, raspberry and smoky, gamy meat. The acidity marks the palate most, however, lifting the wine’s denseness of concentration into a more complex and interesting place. Made in small quantities, this wine is ready to enjoy but will age through 2021, as well.

 — V.B.  (3/1/2015)
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