Asphalt, wet dirt, blueberry fruit and grapeseed aromas show on the nose of this dark and dense bottling. The palate starts with milk-chocolate shavings followed by tart red-cherry fruit. The acidity is overwhelming, singeing the tongue, and the tannins are a bit chunky. It should improve with cellar time.
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: email@example.com.