This is a classically ripe Paso Robles Syrah, delicious and hedonistic from front to back. Vivacious blackberry and black currant meet with dark chocolate, violets and caramel on the approachable nose. The palate's neatly integrated flavors include blackberry pie in a flaky vanilla crust, tart black plum and a dusting of pepper. The finish is very long.
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.