A very reliable and widely available bottle for daily drinking, this shows blackberry, clove and rust on the fairly dense nose. It's quite juicy on the palate as well, with raspberries and bramble as well as sour plum skins and bright acidity. There's a touch of steel in the background.
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.