This bottling from a vineyard on the extreme west end of the appellation is dense and dark on the nose with concentrated black cherries, sandalwood, sweet anise, allspice and strong garrigue notes. Tart cranberries and crushed oregano, thyme and marjoram herbs show on the sip, which is brightened with zesty acidity. It leaves a menthol-like sensation in the mouth on the finish.
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.