Virginie Boone

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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Venge 2012 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $105

From one of three estate-farmed vineyards belonging to the producer, Bone Ash is dry-farmed and planted to old vines in volcanic soils, the minerality of which is divinely present in this wine. High-toned, balanced in acidity and softly structured, it offers a range of fruit, from sharp cranberry to jammy blackberry, changing in the glass over time. Complex and…

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
94
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The Bridge 2012 A Ken Forrester Wine Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)

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  1. $65

In this collaboration between Ken Forrester and Jesse Katz, Katz sources from the same site he favors for his Devil Proof Malbec, crafting here a creamy, decadent Cabernet stuffed in coconut macaroon, blueberry and black cherry fruit. Soft, rounded and yet entirely structured and lush, it is delicious right now and yet should be even more seductive in time, through 2020.

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Venge 2012 Silencieux Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $55

This wine hails from six Napa Valley vineyards, including the producer’s Calistoga-based estate Bone Ash, as well as Beck stoffer Georges III in Rutherford. It opens in mouthfilling black licorice and blackberry, juicy and soft with the backbone to age. Dried herb provides a savory component, while a fresh vibrancy offsets the wine’s denseness. Cellar this…

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Sojourn 2013 Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $59

Meticulously farmed by Ulises Valdez, Silver Eagle is intensely spicy and pamperingly lush, offering a distinct, perfumed character on the nose. Structured and almost gamy and sanguine, it’s a complex expression of the grape that will benefit from further time in the bottle, through 2020, or from an hour or so in the decanter.

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Blackbird Vineyards 2012 Denary Cuvée Red (Napa Valley)

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  1. $150

A Bordeaux-inspired blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a tightly woven wine with buoyant minerality and a baseline of complexity, dry and balanced in cranberry, graphite, herb and tobacco leaf. It is composed and layered, enjoyable now and over time, through 2022.

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
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Mumm Napa 2008 DVX Sparkling (Napa Valley)

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  1. $60

A stunning blend of half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir, made in a méthode traditionelle, this is a dry, minerally and incredibly smooth sparkling wine. Elegant and refined, it offers a tightly drawn curtain of mousse that lingers on the palate. The time in bottle has added complexity and sophistication, making the wine enjoyable now or for several more years.

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
93
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12C Wines 2012 G3 Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $95

This lip-smackingly complex, pure varietal wine from a prime Napa Valley location is awash in floral chewing tobacco and roasted coffee aromas. These expand on the palate into cedar and black currant, remaining softly alluring through a base of power. Decant or cellar through 2020–2022.

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
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Aperture 2011 Red (Alexander Valley)

  1. $55

Aromatically blessed in flecked coconut, this soft, round red blend is ripe and lush in black cherry and blueberry, with touches of cedar and tobacco in the background. Completely satisfying on the palate, remaining rich from start to end, it finishes structured and elegant, with delectable waves of dark chocolate and mocha. The blend is half Cabernet Sauvignon and…

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
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