The Edna Valley-based Talley family heads north for this blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 23% Malbec and 7% Merlot. It shows plump blueberries, blackberry jam, cream soda and black cherry syrup, as well as smoke and graphite on the nose. The palate starts with juicy cola and red currant then evolves toward snapped dark chocolate and cedar.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.