It's exciting to watch contemporary producers take a chance on once-dominant California grapes like Carignane. This bottling offers plump strawberry and blackberry aromas, with savory soy and turned earth touches. The palate leads with Concord grape flavor, while pepper, oregano and coffee bean elements keep it complex.
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.