Caramelized black currant and dark tobacco leaf aromas make for a rich nose in this bottling from the longtime family producer. The palate packs elderberry and dried violet flavors, with pencil shaving, charred wood and smoky touches. The tannins are full and firm.
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.