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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Charles Heintz 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $19
Sought-after vineyard grower Charles Heintz has teamed with stellar Sonoma County winemaker Hugh Chappelle (Lynmar, Quivira) to make this divine estate-grown Rosé, pale pink in the glass with hugely inviting floral aromatics. From there is a bolt of electricity, the wine juicy and alive in peach, citrus and strawberry, mouthwatering and light.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Donkey & Goat 2013 Isabel’s Cuvée Rosé (Mendocino)

  1. $26
Akin to a fresh basket of strawberries picked up at the farmer’s market, this Grenache Rosé is intensely floral and fruity. A touch of blood orange peeks through, along with a flirty herbal streak and dry, soft textures. Light and bright, it offers a slight effervescence.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Lynmar 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $20
This is a classically light rosé, fragrant in strawberry and raspberry. Traces of pomegranate on the back palate offers darker, riper fruit in the glass, getting prettier as it goes along. Deliciously dry and dancing in acidity, it has plenty of citrus on the finish. The wine is substantial enough for springtime and summertime meals, but will drink equally well on…  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Kale 2013 Rosé (Napa Valley)

  1. $22
Made from a blend of 62% Grenache and 38% Syrah, this is a classically dry, refreshingly crisp rosé, pink-salmon in color that’s intense yet soft, crafted in a Provence style. The grapes come from Rutherford, Atlas Peak and Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch, tasting of fresh raspberry and spring flowers, a bite of wet stone on the finish.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Midsummer Cellars 2013 Rosé Grenache (Yolo County)

  1. $19
Made from 88% Grenache and 12% Viognier, this lilting wine abounds with dry, fruity and floral characteristics. Salmon-peach in color, it has texture and the requisite refreshment offered by its barely ripe strawberry and peach swathes. Although it delivers enough acidity and bite to pair with food, it might be hard to wait that long.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Benziger 2013 Dry Rosé (Sonoma Mountain)

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  1. $15
This lovely rosé is made from certified sustainable grapes of indeterminate variety. Slightly effervescent in tart cherry and mint, there’s a textured, complex layering of strawberry and raspberry in the mix that makes the wine bright and refreshing.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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Blackbird Vineyards 2013 Arriviste Rosé (Napa Valley)

  1. $25
Made from 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this rosé was made in the saignée method, cold fermented for six weeks, left sur lies and cold stored, producing an intense, structured wine thick in strawberry and raspberry flavor with just a hint of herbal amidst its complex layers.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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McCay Cellars 2012 Rosé (Lodi)

  1. $18
From 100-plus-year-old Carignane vines, with splashes of Grenache, too, this is a refreshing wine for spring and summer. Stony in grapefruit and peach, it’s balanced, light and dry with a fruity kick.  — V.B.  (7/1/2014)
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