This blend of 43% Merlot, 28% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc is the winery's star bottling of the vintage, offering aromas of plum, leather, sage, chocolate syrup and crushed breathmints. The palate is excitingly dynamic, ranging from mocha-blackberry reduction sauce to tobacco, coffee and cassis. The tannins could use a touch more mellowing.
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.