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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Paul Hobbs 2012 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
Mouthwateringly juicy in bright tart cherry fruit, this is lush, with delicate acidity and completely resolved tannins. It provides a masterful study in how to balance an exuberance of ripe California fruit while still offering finesse and restraint.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
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Paul Hobbs 2012 Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $75
Sunflower-gold in color, this heady, hedonistic Chardonnay brims with aromas of toasted brioche, lemon and herb. Bright and completely balanced, it invites sip after sip until there simply is no more. Concentrated and complex it finishes dry, lingering in beautiful layers on the tongue.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
95
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Paul Hobbs 2012 Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Mountain)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
This exquisitely crafted model of balance offers lemon-bar meringue and baked pear on the nose before revealing a tightrope of minerality and lush concentration on the palate, weighted perfectly against each other. Fleshy and delicious, the wine has so much fine fruit to offer now it’d be shame to wait, yet it will clearly hold onto its beauty with age.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Gary Farrell 2012 Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50
This flinty Chardonnay shares a full oak expression with a whiff of petrol, suggesting a decant or cellaring until 2016 to fully soften. It offers sublime lemon curd and minerally peach flavor amid tangy acidity and a bright finish. It displays a ying-yang between polish and power.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Donum 2011 Estate Grown Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90
There’s pronounced power in this Pinot, a selection of 14 barrels given 18 months in 71% new French oak. Complex, it achieves a sense of balance that will come into greater focus over time. At the moment, it offers kirsch notes and sizzling acidity around a core of peppery allspice and toasty brioche, but it will only continue to develop and evolve with age.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Marimar Estate 2011 Don Miguel Vineyard Bonita’s Hill Unfiltered Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $43
Fresh in mouthwatering minerality, this is positively bright, balanced and layered in lingering notes of lemon curd, green apple and just-picked vanilla bean. It is a gloriously delicate wine that’s named for one of Marimar’s beloved Springer Spaniels, made from one block planted to a selection of the See clone.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Paul Hobbs 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $55
Powerful and lush, this is a velvety, classically styled Russian River Valley Pinot, weighty and lip smacking in black cherry and touch of earth buoyed by finely hued acidity. Perfectly enjoyable right now, it’ll age, too, the spicy undertones coaxed to take center stage.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
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Reuling Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70
This gorgeous rendering comes from the owners of Reuling Vineyard itself, made famous years ago by the likes of Mark Aubert. Here, in winemaker Matt Taylor’s hands, the wine recalls orange blossom and steely wet stone. Layers of mid-weight pear and almond paste deliver aching complexity on through the fig-infused finish. This is one to cellar 2019–2024.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
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