Nearly opaque in the glass, this wine doesn't scream out varietal typicity, but it's rich and delicious nonetheless. Cherry cola, vanilla, blueberry paste and crème de cassis aromas show on the nose. It's creamy on the palate with the slightest hint of cracked peppercorn, but more dominated by black cherry, vanilla sauce and fudge flavors.
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.