Seductive aromas of dried tart Montmorency cherries, rose petals, pipe tobacco and tanned cowhides create gamy earthiness on this Steve Clifton bottling. The palate is lush with dried red fruit and brown spice, framed by grippy structure and bright, searing acidity. Wait until 2018 to open, but this will drink superbly through 2030.
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.