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 2011 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)

  1. $58
A pretty, perfumed Pinot Noir, with gorgeous streaks of kir and vibrant blackberry and cherry. It’s subtle and structured, with a pronounced layer of earthy forest floor on the finish. With sprinklings of spice, it dazzles from beginning to end.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
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Williams Selyem 2011 Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $75
Perfumed and strikingly floral, this soft, seductive Pinot is light in color and body, with handsome layerings of strawberry fruit, Asian spice and suggestions of just-unearthed mushrooms or a newly minted Christmas wreath. On the finish, a touch of vanilla-tinged oak rounds things out.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
92
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Williams Selyem 2011 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $65
With ample power under its engine, this Ferrington Vineyard Pinot is rich in cranberry and red cherry, soft and lilting in texture yet nuanced in toasty oak. Big on the finish, it’ll beautifully withstand a few more years on its own before opening, the acidity lively enough to keep flavors vibrant yet mellowed.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
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Steven Kent 2012 Merrillie Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)

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  1. $34
A hearty Chardonnay with pretty aromatics of pear and mandarin orange that’s barrel-rich on the mid-palate yet crisp and long lasting. Aged in 60% new French oak, the wine is classically lush but also finely textured and retentive of enough acidity to be cellared 5–7 years or enjoyed now with a rich lobster risotto.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
92
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Drew 2011 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)

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  1. $45
A bright Pinot from a great spot, this wine takes a while to open, especially aromatically, but once it does it has a lot to say. Structured and soft, it’s meaty in savory cranberry and earth, bright with fruit and acidity. Cellar until 2017–2019 and it should have even further built up its vocabulary.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
91
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Stark 2012 Damiano Vineyard Barbera (Sierra Foothills)

  1. $34
Stark has nailed the essence of Barbera in this wine—it’s juicy, textured, balanced, fruity and yes, delicious. Awash in bright blackberry and red cherry fruit, it’ll go down easy with food or without, a delightful addition to the bounty of Sierra Foothills Barbera from a Healdsburg-based producer.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
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Drew 2012 Albariño (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $25
The only Albariño in Mendocino County, this one’s got cool-climate written all over it, restrained in alcohol yet fruity in tropical citrus and melon. High in acidity, it unfolds crisp and clean. Fruit comes from two vineyards also used by Drew for Pinot Noir and Syrah. There’s a nuanced layer of creaminess on the back palate and finish, making the wine a…  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
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Bailiwick 2011 Borderline Pinot Noir (Marin County)

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  1. $28
Light in color and body this is an earthy, herbal Pinot indicative of the almost insurmountable odds of ripening wine grapes along the Marin coast, especially in such a cool year. But ripen they did, offering red cherry fruit integrated with a soft texture, woodsy back note and relatively tamed oak.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
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