One of the region's top producers excels at exploring single-vineyard bottlings, and this is one of the best. A reductive nose of burnt rubber sinks into a fantastic menthol character, laid across plump black currants. The palate thrives on a minty blackberry element and complex black pepper and creosote flavors. A strong tannic structure ensures the best sipping 2018–2025.
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.