Pressed lavender, cola and lively elderberries show on the familiar nose of this solid bottling. The flavors are fresh with purple flowers and black-currants, with a charred-beef component holding the varietal torch high. It's a great everyday wine, with a tannic structure to keep it alive for years.
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.